She's an Astronomer: Anna Manning

anna manning

Anna Manning is a Masters student in Astronomy at the University of Alabama (she’s working under the supervision of Dr. Bill Keel on the overlapping galaxies project). She moved to Tuscaloosa, AL (where she lives with 2 sorority sisters) after completing her undergraduate degree at Clemson University in South Carolina. In her free time she enjoys painting, photography, and scrapbooking. At 25 she’s the youngest of our professional (or future professional) astronomers to be interviewed. In the future she would like to either continue her work in astronomical research or perhaps move into space exploration. She also really enjoys the public outreach part of Galaxy Zoo and thinks it would be nice to contribute to that in her future career.

  • How did you first hear about Galaxy Zoo?

I first heard of it when I started my research in Grad School with Dr. Keel at the University of Alabama.

  • What has been your main involvement in the Galaxy Zoo project?

I’ve mostly worked with Dr. Keel to create a catalog of overlapping galaxy pairs. We’ve been to Kitt Peak to observe some of the objects which Dr. Keel has blogged about.

  • What do you like most about being involved in Galaxy Zoo?
I like being a part of public interest in astronomy. I am still amazed by the amount of people genuinely interested not only in astronomy, but in helping with research.

  • What do you think is the most interesting astronomical question Galaxy Zoo will help to solve?
I can’t even begin to imagine what the zoo can do. I think the zoo will be behind many discoveries.

  • How/when did you first get interested in Astronomy?

On field trip in middle school we spent a day at space camp in Florida which began my general interest. In high school I really enjoyed Physics class and decided to major in it in college where I started doing actual research in astronomy.

  • What (if any) do you think are the main barriers to women’s involvement in Astronomy?

This topic actually sparked an interesting conversation in my office. A female office mate and I were discussing how we don’t think there have been any obstacles for us. A male office mate brought up that he believes it is easier to be a woman than a man in astronomy. So I think this is something that changes based on the person and I’m thankful that I have been fortunate in the universities I’ve attended.

  • Do you have any particular role models in Astronomy?

I have learned so much from so many people – and often people that I didn’t know had any interest in astronomy at all!


This post is part of the ongoing She’s an Astronomer series on the Galaxy Zoo Blog is support of the IYA2009 cornerstone project of the same name (She’s an Astronomer). We are listed on the She’s an Astronomer website in their Profiles.

Still to come in the series – a few more Galaxy Zoo volunteers and researchers. We’re not quite done yet!

About karenlmasters

Astronomer at Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth. Project Scientist for Galaxy Zoo. Spokesperson for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Vice President of the Society for Popular Astronomy. Busy having fun with astronomy!

8 responses to “She's an Astronomer: Anna Manning”

  1. Alice says :

    Thanks Anna, and so glad to hear that you haven’t had any obstacles! I remember seeing you, Chris and Bill doing overlaps nearly 2 years ago for the caption competition – so glad you are continuing with overlaps and astronomy.

  2. Jo says :

    Great work Anna.

  3. elizabeth says :

    Wonderful !

  4. Half65 says :

    Overlap …
    Overlap …
    Overlap …

  5. Elisabeth Baeten says :

    Great to hear from you Anna

  6. Joseph K. H. Cheng says :

    It is great to hear that you are doing well. I vividly recall your part in the overlapping galaxies observation run in Kitt Peak in April, 2008. Thanks for your contribution to the Zoo !

    JKHC.

  7. Dr.N.Bilkhiwal says :

    Congratulations Anna,you are doing every thing successeuly.I wish u to be a great astronomer.Carry on.

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