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aaaaand we re done for the night sad trombone we ll try again tomorrow night
Aaaaand we're done for the night.

*sad trombone*

We'll try again tomorrow night.
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the telescope operators are having a concerned huddle basically all these red numbers on the left panel are ba
The telescope operators are having a concerned huddle. Basically all these red numbers on the left panel are bad. I think they’re gonna call the night done very soon.
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yep i just went outside to confirm with my own eyes and i got snowed on it s snowing on my telescope this is t
Yep, I just went outside to confirm with my own eyes, and I got snowed on.

It's snowing on my telescope.

This is typically known amongst professional (optical/infrared) astronomers as NOT GOOD.
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this is what were observing right now
This is what we’re observing right now.
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so our job up here at the observatory is to use the 5 m telescope to look at the stars that have been previous
So, our job up here at the observatory is to use the 5-m telescope to look at the stars that have been previously identified (e.g. with TESS or Kepler) to show little dips, and see if they are in fact one star, or multiple stars.
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but now you look closer and instead of one bucket of water you actually have a bunch of cups of water all cram
But now you look closer, and instead of one bucket of water, you actually have a bunch of cups of water all crammed in close together.

One of them is missing half a cup of water.
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whats a better way to explain this dip thing okay how about this you have a bucket of water and you take out h
What’s a better way to explain this dip thing. Okay, how about this.

You have a bucket of water, and you take out half a cup of water. You still have nearly a bucket of water, right?
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unless your transit is being washed out by the light of another star a lot of the stars in the sky are binary
Unless your transit is being washed out by the light of another star. A lot of the stars in the sky are binary stars.

The classic quote is "Three out of every two stars are in a binary!"
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so why are the crew and i up here at palomar observatory this week we re hunting down exoplanet imposters
So, why are the crew and I up here at Palomar Observatory this week? We're hunting down exoplanet imposters.
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but right now the sun is out heres the view from the catwalk of the 200 inch towards the 18 inch
But, right now the sun is out!!! Here’s the view from the catwalk of the 200-inch towards the 18-inch.

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i just had an awesome experience at eastgate in chapel hill nc caleb has a degree in zoology and asks his cust
I just had an awesome experience at Eastgate in Chapel Hill, NC. Caleb has a degree in zoology and asks his customers what their favorite animal is. He gives them facts while completing their orders! Thanks for making my day, Caleb!!! cc
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and since i m keeping it light tonight here s a baby wombat following an it guy around the office
And since I'm keeping it light tonight, here's a baby wombat following an IT guy around the office.
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i just want to ask you all to remember that kids are little people they re not property they re not mini versi
I just want to ask you all to remember that kids are little people. They're not property, they're not mini versions of you or I. Every interaction they have with us big people contributes to how they will approach the world for the next 90-100 years, especially when they're small
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here s a thread on basic tips to help improve your next science figure ie common mistakes i see it ll cover 1
Here's a thread on basic tips to help improve your next science figure! 📝 (ie common mistakes I see). It'll cover:
1) Contrast (color value) ⬛️⬜️
2) Color (it’s a tool, not decoration!) 🌈
3) Fonts 🔤
4) Image Resolution 📷
5) Spacing / margins 📐
6) By request! 💡
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explaining how academic publishing works to non ac friends so how much do you get paid for your papers oh no w
Explaining how academic publishing works to non-ac friends:

"So how much do you get paid for your papers?"

"Oh no, we pay for publication, & then again to read the journal"

https://t.co/jIarKjH0t7
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we assume everyone pulls the same weight in service and mentoring but do we ever really check umass did they f
We assume everyone pulls the same weight in service and mentoring. But do we ever really check? UMass did. They found distinct diffs
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here is nichelle nichols lt uhura from the original speaking with astronaut mae jemison dr jemison has frequen
Here is Nichelle Nichols (Lt Uhura from the original #startrek) speaking with Astronaut Mae Jemison. Dr Jemison has frequently credited Uhura as an inspiration for pursuing #stem. #SpaceInspires
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admin if you are in the us and want to support science there s plan to march in washington sciencemarchdc
[Admin] If you are in the US and want to support science, there' s plan to march in Washington: @ScienceMarchDC
https://t.co/E6hbjXwLX5
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i can t stop laughing at this
I can't stop laughing at this 😂😂😂😂😂
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i believe that the current system of scholarly publishing is one reason for a widespread lack of trust in scie
I believe that the current system of scholarly publishing is one reason for a widespread lack of trust in science https://t.co/obHQu4cdw2
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