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re- after migrating instances: I am an astronomical data scientist working at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore. Lots of varied interests ranging from to , , , , and .

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That. was. AWESOME!!

Here's a gif I created of the final few minutes to impact 🪨

What an incredible thing to have witnessed together in real time! Congrats @NASA @JHUAPL @ASI_spazio @LICIACube

#DART #DARTMission @AsteroidDay #planetarydefense

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Watch the live stream of the DART mission to deflect an (un-threatening) asteroid here. The camera updates once a second all the way until impact!

Going to be checking out the mission stream tonight at

The DART spacecraft will intentionally crash into asteroid Dimorphos at 7:14 p.m. ET on Monday, September 26, 2022 to see if kinetic force can change its orbit.

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Vega is the brightest star in the northern constellation of Lyra. It is relatively close at only 25 light-years from the Sun. It is the 5th-brightest star in the night sky, and the 2nd-brightest star in the northern celestial hemisphere, after Arcturus. Vega was the northern pole star around 12,000 BCE and will be so again around the year 13,727.

#astrophotography #astronomy #space #unistellar #citizenscience #vega #star #lyra

The archive, specifically the Catalog Science Branch, is hiring **2** Astronomical Data Scientists! Come work with us with big catalog data across all our missions, including , , , , and more.

Moving day! The movers were super fast, but now I have a ton of boxes to unpack and a bit of cleaning to do to feel like I'm settled in 😁🏡

I've had quite a bit of stress and excitement lately re buying a home. Now that that's done (yay!), I thought I'd have a good night's sleep but nope: stress and excitement for the upcoming move! 😆🏡

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The trash chute in my building is jammed and they updated us on the reason for it- a Christmas tree. It's *August*. Maybe someone was celebrating Christmas in July? 🤣​🎄​

I don't drink coffee very often, but I've realized how useful having a cup in the afternoon is to keep focused and working. I managed to avoid needing it in college, grad school, postdoc... will I now succumb to its warm embrace? 🤣​☕​

That feeling when you think it's already Friday, but it's actually only Thursday... 🙃

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Review of "The Fires of Heaven (Wheel of Time, #5)" (3 stars): The 5th book in The Wheel of Time

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BookWyrm is a federated open social reading platform, and is the Fediverse's alternative to Amazon's GoodReads.

There's more info about BookWyrm at and there's a list of servers you can join at

You can follow the project's account at @bookwyrm, and BookWyrm accounts can be followed from Mastodon etc, for example @mouse is the lead developer's BookWyrm account.

You can import your book data into BookWyrm from GoodReads, LibraryThing, StoryGraph, OpenLibrary and Calibre.

To import data, first export it from the other service as a CSV file, then log into your BookWyrm account, go to Settings > Import, select the type of data and then browse to the CSV file you had exported from the other service. Select the correct privacy setting, then click "import".

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In case you have not seen the astonishing new pictures by the #JWST yet. Here we can see
1. A stellar death
2. A stellar birth
3. A cluster of 5 galaxies
4. Galaxies from around 13 billion years ago (the red distorted ones)

The James Webb Space Telescope truly is one of the greatest scientific acheivements in human history.

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