Astronomers' Recent Top Tweets

Updated: 2020-Sep-21 11:54 UTC. Entries: 20. Based on tweets of Astronomers on Twitter. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

Astronomers' tweets from past 7 days most retweeted per follower:

1. One retweet per 1 followers:

Damn, the college at my university really wrote a press release about my Price award but blurred out the text ‘ I can’t breathe’ on one of the images I provided without my permission before publishing it. pic.twitter.com/oHfU02T5KD

— Carl E. Fields (@carlnotsagan) September 18, 2020

2. One retweet per 1 followers:

You can measure the speed of light at home using just a microwave and a bar of chocolate! pic.twitter.com/9kyZM45uNY

— David Berardo (@CentrlPotential) September 20, 2020

3. One retweet per 3 followers:

Something to consider as you read about the big Venus news today: there is an unfortunate disconnect between what we do as scientists and how "science" is communicated to everyone.

A thread.

— Peter Gao (@PlanetaryGao) September 14, 2020

4. One retweet per 8 followers:

A espetacular descoberta de fosfina na atmosfera de Vênus, e a possível associação com vida nesse planeta, tem uma contribuição importantíssima de mulheres astrônomas: foi liderada por Jane Greaves (Cardiff; esquerda) e com participação da Profa. Sara Seager (MIT; direita). pic.twitter.com/opvXXdNWsI

— Jorge Melendez (@DrJorgeMelendez) September 14, 2020

5. One retweet per 14 followers:

Si usted creía que el 2020 no se podía poner más interesante, hoy se publicó un estudio en la revista @NatureAstronomy donde se reporta la detección de un posible biomarcador en la atmósfera del planeta #Venus. Y esto qué tiene de interesante? En #ElDesparche se lo contamos. 1/ pic.twitter.com/vOAqqyJJrs

— Andrea Guzmán Mesa 🇨🇴🇨🇭🇪🇺 (@Astroandrea) September 15, 2020

6. One retweet per 15 followers:

While todays announcement is super exciting, I think it's really important to not go around shouting "We found life on Venus". It's difficult to explain how you get phosphine without a biological source. This is NOT the same as saying "phosphine 100% indicates life"

— David Berardo (@CentrlPotential) September 14, 2020

7. One retweet per 18 followers:

Que 2020 vai entrar para a história nós já sabíamos, agora quem poderia imaginar que este seria o ano em que talvez finalmente encontramos os ETs? Segue o fio desta #AstroThreadBr para saber mais sobre essa polêmica descoberta científica em #Vênus! pic.twitter.com/NWDv4O4rkr

— Gustavo Rojas (@gurojas) September 14, 2020

8. One retweet per 22 followers:

I don't know who needs to hear this, but sometimes asteroids just crumble and fall apart, so it's OK if you do, too. pic.twitter.com/11ks6bcr3w

— Paul Byrne (@ThePlanetaryGuy) September 20, 2020

9. One retweet per 22 followers:

We found the gas phosphine in the upper atmosphere. There is no known way this can be produced by normal chemical processes by lightening, volcanoes or asteroid impact in Venus. Life can & does produce it on Earth. So we have found evidence for unusual chemistry or maybe life.

— Dr David L Clements (@davecl42) September 14, 2020

10. One retweet per 22 followers:

I have requested that the original image be used or that the article be removed. I hope this was not done with malicious intent. But I would rather not be praised if it is not all of me that is being praised.

— Carl E. Fields (@carlnotsagan) September 18, 2020

11. One retweet per 22 followers:

Some very exciting hot takes from the press conference:

1. We only see Phosphine signatures on Venus near the equator (not at the poles), which agress with previous atmospheric theories of where microorganisms should be in the atmosphere (Hadley cells)

— Emily Hunt (@emilydoesastro) September 14, 2020

12. One retweet per 27 followers:

Things have quietened enough that I'm going to share my thoughts about the detection of #phosphine on #Venus announced yesterday.

In short: this is a BIG fucking deal. And here's why:

(a 🧵) pic.twitter.com/AdipV6C1rt

— Paul Byrne (@ThePlanetaryGuy) September 16, 2020

13. One retweet per 28 followers:

Como geólogo planetario y astrobiólogo estudio la Naturaleza, el Universo y la vida y su búsqueda fuera de la Tierra. Es crucial y ético precisar que, hasta el momento, no se ha encontrado vida, ni huellas de ella, en Venus, Marte, Titán meteoritos,TRAPPIST-1 ni ningún otro lugar

— Jesús Martínez Frías (@J_MartinezFrias) September 18, 2020

14. One retweet per 30 followers:

I have received an apology about the modification of the image and that the original image will now be used. I’m told the change was not done with any offensive intent but I think it is a lesson learned. Words mean things. Ask permission first!

— Carl E. Fields (@carlnotsagan) September 18, 2020

15. One retweet per 32 followers:

But therein lies the disconnect: despite what many think, science doesn't provide THE answers - it never has - it provides *an* answer, and a temporary one at that, that may be falsified later. There is inherent uncertainty and skepticism.

— Peter Gao (@PlanetaryGao) September 14, 2020

16. One retweet per 33 followers:


— Dr James O'Donoghue (@physicsJ) September 14, 2020

17. One retweet per 33 followers:

The search for alien life has a STRONG new contender! pic.twitter.com/9hj8W6Rc7G

— Emily Hunt (@emilydoesastro) September 14, 2020

18. One retweet per 33 followers:

Dunque: è stata osservata la molecola di fosfina (PH3) nell’atmosfera di Venere. Secondo gli autori dello studio, non esistono processi chimici noti, al momento che possano spiegare l’osservazione. Il che lascia due possibilità: processi chimici sconosciuti, o attività biologica.

— Amedeo Balbi (@amedeo_balbi) September 14, 2020

19. One retweet per 34 followers:

Y quién soy yo y porqué les hablo de esto? Los invito a leer un poco sobre mi trabajo estudiando atmósferas de planetas fuera de nuestro Sistema Solar! #MásMujeresMejorCiencia#ElDesparche https://t.co/roTecgpRkT

— Andrea Guzmán Mesa 🇨🇴🇨🇭🇪🇺 (@Astroandrea) September 15, 2020

20. One retweet per 35 followers:

If you remove the turntable, the standing wave will heat up certain spots of the chocolate, at half the wavelength. If you measure the distance, double to get the wavelength, and get the frequency from the microwave, you can calculate the speed of light (to 98% accuracy!)

— David Berardo (@CentrlPotential) September 20, 2020