30 seconds of a teen astronomer

By Phil Plait | March 25, 2010 3:00 pm

NOVA Science Now has a nifty feature they’re doing online where they spotlight "The Secret Life of Scientists". I have some reservations about it, because one thing scientists aren’t, is secretive. We talk about what we do constantly.

Anyway, they have a series of short videos about teen astronomer Caroline Moore, who recently discovered a rare type of supernova. She found this supernova, by the way, when she was 14.

They also asked her 10 questions, and while I might disagree with her choice of a news source, I think it’s great that they let her be her, and she shines right through in these videos. It’s also really terrific that she doesn’t compromise in these interviews, belting out whatever is on her mind. She’s a fantastic role model for kids interested in science, showing them that science really is cool, and you can do it and still be you.

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  1. kevbo

    The next Rebecca Watson!

    (the universe has room for more than one)

  2. I just HAD to submit this to Digg! Way cool kid!
    “Pssh, whatever!” ūüėÜ
    What a hoot! Fun with the GBT!

  3. Commander Shepard

    This kid is awesome, I wish I had her dedication to science when I was 14.

  4. Twoaugustgirls

    Great kid! I am always trying to get my students interested in Science.

  5. Yoeman

    LOL! That’s great, bright future , methinks.

  6. Do you have an unclosed tag in there Phil? The text after the video starts midsentence: “asked her 10 questions, and while I might disagree…” And it’s in a different font. Using Chrome, by the way.

    Hope for the future. It’s right there.

  7. John Paradox

    1. kevbo Says:
    March 25th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    The next Rebecca Watson!

    (the universe has room for more than one)

    Especially with the discovery of 90% of the Universe: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2010/03/24/found-90-of-the-distant-universe/


  8. Jeeves

    Yeah, there’s a clear=”all’ (note the unmatched quotes) in a br tag that screws things up. (Boy it’s hard to put literal HTML in a comment!). It also swallows a link to the full video.

  9. TheInquisitor

    I suspect that the Fox news answer was sarcastic. It has to be doesn’t it? She’s a scientist!

  10. Gary Ansorge

    I hope she has a bunch of friends who share her enthusiasm.

    MAybe she could start her own blog and inspire a zillion other kids. That would be awesome.

    Gary 7

  11. Cobey

    lmao hilarious. I wish I would have been doing stuff like this when I was 15. Them Darn KIds!

  12. Gary Ansorge

    I think Grace Slick stated it pretty well, 40 years ago, when she sang “There are children being born who will amaze you with their minds.”

    Some of those old hippies really knew something.

    GAry 7
    PS Just for the sake of transparency; I really like Grace Slick.

  13. jcm

    Great. And, maybe more girls will interested in science in general.

  14. Monkey

    Perhaps the FOX was real, but at least she was aware that she should be ashamed of it as a news source…. :)

    Good stuff…she has an awsome platform to do something with now. Thats the key. Start a blog “Novas First ScienKid” or something. Talk about her classes, what she likes, what she does in her spare time. Link to NOVa and NOVA link to her…..just like when phil used to do the mini astro-lessons (which my students loved) she could be used in classrooms…


  15. Danno

    I’ve been getting these SLoS clips from the Nova Vodcast RRS feed for months. Last one I see was on March 12 for Alexandrea Bowman. They are in many parts, the last always being the 30 second questionnaire. Is this something different? BTW, these always fail to load to my iPod due to the format.

  16. Danno –

    Glad to hear you are enjoying our SLoS vodcasts, but I’m sorry to hear you are having trouble getting them onto your iPod. We haven’t heard that before, and we’d like to sort out what’s happening. Please send a note via our feedback link ( http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/feedback/ ) , and we’ll get on it.

  17. Charlie Young

    Kinda reminds me of all the science and math nerds I used to hang out with in high school.

  18. Wait! I was confused, confabulated, constipated and stuff!
    I had mixed her up with Shay Bloxton:


    Another great girl astronomer in the making… Shay’s the one who had fun with the GBT as part of the Pulsar Search Collaboratory.
    Both great people in the making. Can’t wait to see what they do next!

  19. Messier Tidy Upper

    Fanatastic interview & a great role model there. :-)

    I’m impressed …

    …. Except with her “whatever” line at the end. IMHON : “whatever” is one of the most irritating & childish assertions of apathy and cliche ever & that one word really grates with me. :-(

    But excellent clip otherwise & my best wishes go out to to Caroline Moore & I hope she has a long and successful astronomical career. :-)

    BTW. Is she any relation of the great Sir Patrick Moore ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Moore ) of Sky at Night TV astronomical TV show – & magazine – fame?

  20. Pi-needles

    @ 18. Richard Drumm The Astronomy Bum:

    Shay’s the one who had fun with the GBT as part of the Pulsar Search Collaboratory.

    For just a second there I misread that as the GLBT ie. Gay, Lesbian, Bi- & Trans Pulsar search! ūüėČ

  21. Even if scientists aren’t deliberately secret, it can be effectively secret to people who don’t happen to know them. Good for shining the light on scientists! And, as with the “secret life of bees”, there’s really no problem if pretending their public actions are “secret” makes them more enticing. ūüėČ

  22. Mike

    She reminds me of Nite Sky Girl


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