“Ever since people realised those bright things in the sky were moving, they’ve been watching for patterns. People are really drawn to the sky, space and the universe because it has the power to show you your place in all of that.”
Today I’m joined by astrophysicist Dr. Johanna Vos. Originally from Dublin, Johanna is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Her specialty is atmospheres of brown dwarfs and exoplanets. Science is incredibly exciting right now and I invited Johanna to chat about her career and her work in general as an astrophysicist, so I hope you are sitting comfortably and happy to stay with us.
I stared by asking Johanna to tell me about her work with the phenomenon known as brown dwarfs (03:05), how modern science fiction is coming closer to science fact (03:48), and how Johanna became interested in science (06:19). We then moved onto talking about why astrophysics is becoming more popular as a science (10:38), the issue of women and equality (19:14), and whether science is using all the talent available to it (22:50). On the other side of the episode, we disused the future of astrophysics (25:40), and using the field of science to educate people on a general level (32:16), and at the end I asked Johanna what she is reading and watching at the moment (35:10).
- Dr. Johanna Vos’ website
- Dr. Johanna Vos on Twitter
- American Museum of Natural History in New York
- Information on brown dwarfs
- For more, hear my conversations with Mat Kaplan, Brian Milne and Tristan Hughes