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Taylor Jacovich

Attempts at containing fire in a tin can.

My first attempt at a forge from a can of chicken soup, some plaster of Paris, and sand. I recommend against doing it this way.

When I was in Cub Scouts, I remember going to an event called the Cub Blizzard which took place at the resident scout camp for the council in early February. It was a day event that involved doing activities that were amenable to the cold weather of New England. One of these activities was a live blacksmithing demonstration. Now you would think that hitting glowing pieces of metal with a hammer while a fire rages on a cold day would appeal to an 8 year old, but I remember walking away thinking…

This past April, I decided to try and become more engaged with the astronomy community on Instagram by participating in #internationaldarkskyweek. #IDSW2021, as I began to refer to it as soon as I figured out that the abbreviated hashtag existed, would come to test my ability to make Instagram posts. It would also reintroduce me to an aspect of astronomy and science-communication (sci-comm) that I had really missed.

My first post for International Dark Sky Week.

The first day of IDSW was off to an unfortunate start. The clouds had rolled in and there was little to be seen or done about that. I had originally planned to…

I wouldn’t consider myself an amazing speaker, but I have been told on more than one occasion that I give good presentations on scientific topics. In general I also tend to enjoy giving these presentations, provided they aren’t the major ones like my Predoctoral Research Review Committee presentations or my thesis proposal. I have also gotten reasonably comfortable giving talks over Zoom as we have transitioned into this digital community.

Lighting a workshop to make a cooler set for a pre-recorded talk.
Lighting a workshop to make a cooler set for a pre-recorded talk.
A high resolution image to entice the audience… Actually some experiments in trying a more interesting backdrop.

Given all that, I was actually pretty excited to be making a summary video for my poster on Supernova Remnant Evolution for the recent Committee On Space Research (COSPAR) conference…

What Elon musk’s brand of space travel means for the future of exploration.

Originally written: February 10, 2018

Falcon Heay launching with Elon Musk’s Tesla Model S.
Falcon Heay launching with Elon Musk’s Tesla Model S.
So Long, Starman. Photo by: SpaceX

I will admit to a little bit of proselytizing of late. In the run-up to the launch of the Falcon Heavy, I have been an ardent supporter of Elon Musk’s unique brand of exploration. It isn’t so much because I necessarily support all his principles–claims of union busting and chronic underpayment coming to mind–but I nonetheless feel his role is an important one. Musk dares to make things happen. He attacks problems with a sense of capitalistic purpose, raising companies that capture the public imagination and drawing sustaining revenues from consumers, VCs, and governments alike…

Taylor Jacovich

Just some guy trying to be an astrophysicist. GWU PhD candidate, Chandra X-ray Center Predoc, Stellar Undertaker, Maker of things.

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