568. Star Astronomer Nashanty Brunken

Curaçao-born Leiden Observatory Masters student Nashanty Brunken (24) is part of a research team that discovered the largest organic molecule (dimethyl ether) in a planet-forming disk of gas around a young star (IRS 48), a precursor to complex organic molecules that can lead to the emergence of life.

Brunken is the lead author of a study detailing the finding in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics and the research could ultimately help indicate which systems and planets are more likely to host life.

Read more about this groundbreaking discovery in Newsweek.

Nashanty Brunken pictured here with her all-female research team at Leiden University. Source: https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/nieuws/2022/03/als-je-het-idee-hebt-dat-astronomie-een-mannenwereld-is-doe-er-dan-wat-aan.

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