Get to Know Gemini! – Fernanda Urrutia

Get to Know Gemini is a new series of blog posts aimed to highlight the different careers, backgrounds, and types of people contributing to Gemini Observatory and its science.

Name:  Fernanda Urrutia

What is your current position and at which telescope?

Communication & Outreach Specialist / Gemini South

In four lines or less, explain what you do as part of the Gemini Observatory team?

Foster the communication with the user and the general public. Support all the Public Information and Outreach (PIO) activities.

How long have you worked for Gemini?

9 months

What drew you to this job?

I like to work at an observatory and  convey science to the public, because here I can combines my interest and experience in astronomy with my passion to spread astronomy with the general public and especially children.

What is the best part of your job?

Working with children and see their impressed faces when I show some images of the Universe.  Be all the time thinking and creating new projects and activities to catch the attention of the users and the public.

Where are you originally from/where did you grow up?

Santiago, Chile

What skill do you think is most important to know for your job?

As a PIO member you have to know how to work with people and specially with children.

In three lines, explain your PhD thesis.

I studied Tidal Dwarf Galaxies, it are small galaxies which are formed in the tip of the tidal tails after an interaction between galaxies. This types of galaxies are very unusual in the universe and one of the main characteristic is that they don’t have Dark Matter to difference of traditional galaxies.

What is your favorite movie?

I don’t have a favorite movie, but recently I watch “Intouchables” and I recommend it 100%

What is the latest book you have read?

The Book Thief

What is one hobby of yours?


Favorite beverage?

Pisco sour and Wine

Check back next month to learn more about the staff that help Gemini to explore the Universe and share its wonders!

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