Koraljka Muzic FELLOW ASTRONOMER
INSTITUTION PARANAL OBSERVATORY – ESO ATACAMA DESERT, CHILE
AGE35
NATIONALITY CROATIAN

MY JOB

Scientifically, I'm interested in star formation and, in particular, I'm interested in brown dwarfs, objects that are smaller than stars but bigger than planets, so something between stars and planets. And here, when I'm at the observatory, I help operate one of the four telescopes so I'm in charge of the UT4 and the instruments we have on that telescope. What I like about my job is that it's always interesting. There is always something new to do. For example, if we investigate a problem and try to understand it, we understand it a bit better, but then this often opens up even more questions, so this gives you new directions in which to follow your investigation, so it's never boring.

MY PATH TO SPACE

I started getting interested in science in general and in astronomy very early in my life, and since I couldn't study astronomy back home, because in Croatia there are no degrees in astronomy, I decided to study physics. Later I went to Germany to study astronomy. To begin with, it wasn't easy. There are very few resources, and very few telescopes back home. So basically it was me reading books. I've always liked to read and study so most of what I knew came from books. But my decision to study science was somehow easy for me, because it was always clear to me that I would do something connected to natural sciences. And also my mum is a physics and maths teacher, so she also encouraged me in my career.

MY ADVICE TO SPACE GIRLS

I think my only recommendation is not to fear anything. Just to go in knowing your capabilities. If you know you can do something then you can do it. It doesn't matter if you're a girl or a boy. It's the same for everyone, I think.

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