April’s show invites are live! Get a spot while you can!
Who are you and where are you from?
I’m Oliver Fraser. I grew up around Seattle, and went to grad school at the UW too!
How did you become interested in Astronomy?
I wanted to know what was above the clouds. =) Seriously though, I felt from a young age (and still do) that astronomy answers some very big questions: where do we come from? how do we fit into the wider Universe?.
If you’re an astronomer (grad/post-doc/faculty), what do you study?
In grad school I studied red giant star’s last gasps. These stars were normal stars, like the Sun, but now they are at the end of their lives and running out of fuel. Now I study how to teach astronomy to a room full of interested folks from lots of different backgrounds.
What’s the coolest thing (not literal) in the Universe?
This year it’s dwarf planets: Rosetta, Dawn, and New Horizons are visiting places we’ve never been before!
What’s the coolest thing outside of your field?
A good story. Storytelling is hard, but scary-powerful, I’m trying to figure out how to use it in my teaching. The flipside is that listening to stories is relaxing. Very weird.
What is your favorite non-astronomy hobby?
Doing awesome kid stuff with my kids! Lego is just as good as an adult, and there are so many new pieces today!
We’re blessed this week to have guest performers Astronomusic contribute their own music and visualizations alongside our usual fare. Woo!