Amber 👩🏼💻💁🏼 (@astronomer_amber) Recent Photos and Videos
🌌How do we know that there is a black hole 🕳 at the center of our galaxy? Watch closely 👀. Did you see that?! Maybe it's magic🔮🤷🏼♀️, maybe it's a star ⭐️traveling at 5000 km/s 💫while being manhandled by a compact radio source/black hole SgrA* ⚫️(Sagittarius A) 😱. This discovery was published 16 years ago by astronomers 🚀at the Max-Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics ⚛️after over a decade of research and observations🔭. Video Credit: @europeanspaceagency
11896314 hours ago
Hey guys!✨ Just finished a great book📚 called Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg (recommended to me by @codingblonde) and it was fantastic🙌🏼. I recommend for everyone to read it ❤️especially those who want to know how to build a more equal society for women 🙋🏼AND men 🙋🏻♂️(all genders and all races). Lean In helps us understand our own conscious/unconscious biases we have against career women and SO MUCH MORE. When I say I support women I want to be clear that I support female CEOs👩🏿💼, stay at home moms👩👧 and dads👨👧, women who go back to their careers after having children🤰🏻, women who don't go back after having children, women who don't want children, and I support you! Next time the conversation of feminism, equal pay💲, or confronting your own biases comes up don't back away, lean in🤗.
1982254 days ago
Gave a research talk this morning on galaxy evolution! 💁🏼⚛️✨I also want to thank you guys for messages you have sent telling me that I inspired you to pursue astronomy❤️. My purpose for creating this account is not only to educate others about space science 🚀 and what astrophysicists🤓🔭 actually do, but to show you that you can do it too! Astronomers 🌌are not born gifted at math 🔢nor with an intuitive understanding of physics🤷🏼♀️, we simply want it enough. We understand that feeling inadequate, incompetent and completely failing are not formidable enough excuses to stop us from trying to reach our goals🙅🏼. So if you want to be a scientist🔬, an engineer⚙️ or a balloon artist DO IT! 🙌🏼The only thing standing between you and your dream job are excuses.
24356111:07 PM May 10, 2018
Happy Star Wars Day 💥! May the force of gravity🌐, the electromagnetic force🔋, as well as the strong and weak nuclear ⚛️forces be with you! And remember in each of you there is a rebel👩🏽🎤, a princess👸🏽, a general👩🏻💼and a Jedi master💁🏼.
1720316:46 PM May 4, 2018
Celebrating my 1 year #instaversary! I can't believe my @astronomer_amber account is one year old 🎂. It's been such an amazing year and I'm so glad I have gotten to share it with all of you 😘. You guys have been incredible 🙌🏼 the encouragement and support of the science ⚛️and tech 💻👩🏼💻community on IG has truly blown me away. I started this account to promote women in stem and to let people know what astronomers actually do everyday (although I'm not really sure what theorists do 🤔). From @caltechedu ✨and @carnegieastro 🔭, to @nasajpl 🚀, to Chile🇨🇱 it's been quite an adventure and I can't wait to see what this year brings!
30771122:29 PM May 3, 2018
Happy programming tip Friday! 🌄💻 A lot of you have been asking 🙋🏼"where can I start learning how to program?" 🤷🏼♀️There are many online and free resources available for you to try! Here are a few to get you started💁🏼: (1) Code Academy (extremely popular and has all the hottest 🔥 languages) (2) Khan Academy (great for topics outside of HTML/CSS/JS/SQL as well). (3) CodeWars (basically learning to code through a video game 🎮). (4) Code Conquest (great place to for beginners). (5) GitHub 🙌🏼! Happy coding 🤗👩🏼💻
20614211:11 PM Apr 27, 2018
Happy Earth 🌎 Day everyone! You're friendly reminder that the Earth doesn't care how you treat it bc it will survive-- the problem is that WE won't🙅🏼. If we don't protect the only known habitable world in the Universe, our beautiful blue marble will turn against us😰. Mother nature will respond to how we treat her and if we don't want our species to go extinct please reduce, reuse and recycle♻️💁🏼. Thank you!
21163310:58 PM Apr 23, 2018
Hey guys! A lot of you have been asking about my research 🚀 so I'm gonna tell you a little about my thesis work on galaxy evolution 🌌!! I use light ✨ from quasars to study gas absorption in young galaxies that formed 2-4 billion years after the Big Bang 💥 (10-12 billion years ago!). These quasar ✴️absorption line spectra 〰allow me to study the metallicity☢️, kinematic, dynamics🔁, ionization, composition and temperature ♨️of the gas ☁️ inside these galaxies. Constraining the metal 🤘🏼distribution of gas flows 🔄 is crucial to understanding baryonic ⚛️processes and is key to understanding how galaxies evolved into their current form🔭.
1905662:53 PM Apr 18, 2018
Thesis work 👩🏼💻💻🌌has me stressed out 😩. What are you guys up to this week?
377412911:14 PM Apr 11, 2018
Good morning everyone ☀️🤗, here's some Monday motivation!🌌😄 (FYI this is the Andromeda galaxy 🔭 and not our own Milky Way✨, but it is comprable in shape and size to demonstrate where we are in our own galaxy 🚀😊). We actually first learned that our solar system 💫 was not in the center of our galaxy 🚀in 1918 when Harlow Shapley measured the distance to the large clusters of stars ⭐️called globular clusters. He found they were spherically distributed 100,000 light-years in diameter (the length of the Milky Way), and we 🌎were about 30,000 light-years from the centered constellation Sagittarius✨(Sagittarius A* is the known center of our galaxy which contains a 4 million solar mass ☀️ black hole🕳!
2674711:31 PM Apr 9, 2018
Can you hack it? If you’re a techie 👩🏼💻who wants to showcase your programming 💻and problem-solving 🤓skills and win fabulous prizes 🏆 I've got a competition for you! Dice 🎲(the leading career site for technology professionals) created a "Can You Hack It?" 🙋🏼challenge that will pit participants against one another in an online scavenger hunt 👾displayed on leaderboards that will appear out in the real world as well as on Reddit. You can visit hackthisbillboard.com to enter The Game Center 🎮and start the challenge, which takes place April 5 - April 10. So you might wanna restock your Red Bull soon 😬! @dicedotcom#sponsored#DiceHackIt
31709510:44 PM Apr 5, 2018
ALMA 📡: Atacama Large Milimeter Array. While I won't have the chance to visit ALMA during my stay in Chile I thought I would share with you all some amazing facts about the world's most powerful observatory 🌌! ✨
First, it studies light 💡from the Universe in the millimeter and sub-millimeter wavelengths (we have to use space telescopes 🛰to look at high energy light like X-Rays bc they get scattered by the atmosphere). ✨
Working in this wavelength (between radio and microwave bands) allows Astronomers 🚀to study some of the coldest objects in the Universe. Like dense regions of gas ☁️and dust that will become nurseries for stars⭐️, as well as left over Big Bang 💥radiation. ✨
The 66 antennas (radio telescopes) 🔭can be placed at distances up to 16 km apart to create a giant photon collecting base! 50 of the 66 antennas have 12m disks 📡that can act together as a single telescope known as an interferometer.