As the title says this post is about getting a job as an astronomer, and my current job hunt. Most of the time before landing a permanent job in astronomy research, you would need to get a university degree in something related to science, then a graduate degree – honours or masters and then likely also a PhD in astronomy or related field. OK we did all that, so now what?

The confirmation of the first super-Earth

I have to confess that sometimes I am very tired of my trips: conferences, workshops, meetings, observing runs… I hate airports, I do not like the security and the waste of time, and I would prefer to avoid the effect of all these trips in my social life, since I spend a significant amount of time away.

However … sometimes (or many) is wonderful.

I am in Barcelona, for the conference “Pathways toward habitable exoplanets”. Today, a member of the Corot/HARPS team has announced the confirmation by radial velocities techniques of the first super-planet: Corot-7b, and the detection of a second planet around the same star. they should have masses of 4.8 and 8.4 earth masses, and due to their very short orbital periods (0.89 and 3.7 days), they should be very exotic, with a huge difference between the hemisphere always facing the star (about 200 K) and the night side, almost at 50 .

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The triple asteroid (93) Minerva – two additional observations!

I reported in August shortly after my observations at Keck Observatory, the discovery of two moonlets around (93) Minerva. As mentioned later, their existence were confirmed thanks to additional observations taken by J. Melnourne and K. Olsen. Now we enter in the most interesting part of my work which is the gathering of additional data to determine the orbital parameters of their mutual orbits (the orbits of the satellites around the primary asteroid).