Astronomer here! I've completed my PhD and am starting a research postdoc next week at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics! AMA!
Many of you know me for my astronomy-related comments on Reddit that begin with "astronomer here!" In real life, my name is Yvette Cendes, and I am a Hungarian-American radio astronomer who also writes for various publications like Astronomy, Discover, and Scientific American. I recently completed my PhD requirements (read: diploma not in hand yet, but done working on the thing) where my thesis focused on radio transients over long time scales- that is, things that vary in the radio sky over years, from supernovae to black holes. This time lapse of Supernova 1987A in radio is probably the coolest looking thing in my PhD thesis if you want an example of a long term radio transient!
Anyway, next week I start my research postdoc at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA, which I am really excited about! But I really wanted to do a Reddit AMA before the new job kicks in as thanks to you all for your support during my PhD. That might sound like a strange thing, but believe you me, there were some dark periods of my PhD in which the best part of my day was coming here to talk about the things I still loved about astronomy, and knowing I couldn't be as incompetent as all that if I could get others excited about astronomy too. So, thanks! :)
Finally, I should mention that I actually keep a sub-reddit if you're interested at all over at /r/Andromeda321. It's mainly astronomy and research related, but veers off into whatever else I find interesting at times. Cheers!
Here is my personal website, and here is my Twitter account. Also, for fun, here is me doing my very best Ellie Arroway impersonation from Contact at Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico a few weeks ago, which is the second largest single radio dish in the world.