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A re-, since it's been a while! I'm Abbie, I'm currently an in Michigan researching black holes and neutron stars, but I'm changing tracks to outreach management and/or management! Interacting with people and communicating to non-STEM audiences have always been my primary motivators, and I'm so excited to align my career with that. I also love edu, sci/tech for creative projects, , and ๐Ÿ˜Š

roses are red
violets are blue
in surveillance capitalism
poem reads you

and shows you ads
for flower shops
and tracks your clicks
and never stops

it cares not about
if privacy's harmed
the money is green
when people are farmed

twitter is cyan
facebook is blue
your friends are the product
and so are you

Some awesome math earrings I've had for almost a decade recently broke ๐Ÿ˜ญ anyone know where I can find something similar? These are wood, so they're incredibly lightweight!

I'm at a concert in the park this evening featuring a teenage rock cover group, and they just played a song that came out my first year of college/uni (2007). Ah good, the oldies ๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‚

Mental health, - 

Sometimes I'm surprised when depression wallops me flat on my back for days. I've been living with depression for over a decade (and largely, managing well), but whew, I forget it can get like this sometimes. I like you all very much; my lack of posting and interacting is not you, it's me.

Me, taking an evening walk: Oh the moon is very pretty this evening.
Neil DeGrasse Tyson pops out from a pile of garbage and runs over, shoving me to the ground: Actually you witless toad, the moon is bullshit. It doesn't even do anything. I've seen stuff that's way better than the moon, you piece of crap. Follow me on Twitter so I can shit on you for liking the moon.

Canada geese goslings between daisies. Daisies are called "Gooseflowers" in German:

"Gรคnsekรผken zwischen Gรคnseblรผmchen."

#cobrachicken #vogelflausch #birdphotography #kanadagans

Hereโ€™s a 10 second time-lapse of last nightโ€™s full moon reappearing from the total eclipse.

These were taken between 10:03pm PDT to 11:07pm PDT with my telescope.

#LunarEclipse #lunareclipse2022 #astronomy #astrophotography #moon

I've been thinking about why I spent so much time getting carried away by projects with no considerable returns whatsoever. Translation of ancient documents, esoteric geography, speculative linguistics, you name it. Well... they gave me joy is why. Fun is not a good enough reason to do anything. Joy is.

This is Sagittarius A* best-bet model video, the massive black hole at the center of our Galaxy.

"The video shows a high-res simulation of one of the best-bet theoretical models of Sgr A* across about 28 hours."

You can find more stunning material from the EHT team on this official drive: drive.google.com/drive/folders

Credit: Abhishek Joshi, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Abhishek Joshi / UIUC

So here's a thing.

I have not had a Facebook account for over a decade, nor ever had any Meta Incorporated apps on any of my devices. I also run Privacy Badger on my desktop browsers (though admittedly not on mobile).

My partner has recently started getting Facebook friend recommendations for my colleagues - the only connection between her and them being through me.

It's not hard to imagine the sort of dangerous things that can come from this kind of pervasive surveillance marketplace.

Dog pic 

Can you imagine wearing a black fur coat in this weather?! (It's been > 30ยฐC/85ยฐF during the day this past week, and barely cooling off at night)

Did you see the NEW AMAZING picture of SgrA* released yesterday by the Event Horizon Telescope team and now have lots of questions about black holes? โšซ

Well I am *not* the astrophysicist for you! ๐Ÿ˜‚

@AdiFoord posted a thread about SgrA* yesterday, and @alstev will be doing one soon!

Follow them for all the black hole related content you want! All I'll be able to tell you is that yes, it does look like a donut ๐Ÿ˜Š ๐Ÿฉ

Only with time you'll be able to learn the ropes of the Fediverse. Because it may look like Twitter. But the lack of algorithms means you have to actively look for people to follow and talk to. There are very few gamified engagement carrots for you to crave here.
The things that make Twitter so much more "engaging" are the very same that make it a toxic hellhole.

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I've had a migraine off and on all afternoon and evening, so Thread Thursday will have to wait until tomorrow. It will of course be about Sgr A* (the lumpy orange science donut you're seeing in the news and on social media) so feel free to reply with any questions you have about it!

Transits have been the most successful method of finding exoplanets so far!

Once the Kepler Space telescope launched in 2009 the number of #exoplanets we had discovered absolutely skyrocketed

We've discovered that #exoplanets are very different than the types of planets in our Solar System!

Extended #SpaceTalkTuesday (16/)

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