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Since I was a kid I’ve always wanted to be a superhero, a ballerina, an astronaut or a professional whistler. Some unforeseen life turns (somehow I’ve never developed the X-Ray vision, nor learned the fouetté rond de jambe en tournant) prevented me to reach these goals. Still aiming to shoot for the stars, I became an astronomer.

You can find me at STScI, where I spent half of my time studying star formation and stellar evolution in nearby galaxies (mostly the Small Magellanic Cloud) and half supporting the Wide Field Camera 3.

Few months ago I decided to face my irrational arachnophobia, so for the months coming I’ll often look at the Tarantula Nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud.

This is a detail of the Tarantula Nebula as seen by Hubble. The image can be explored using Voice Over. Link, Active
© Elena Sabbi 2012