About Me

Notice (4/23/24): As much as I love my silly little website and always hope to be writing more, I need to suspend my hosting account for financial reasons. At the moment, I can’t justify paying server costs when that could, say, fund a flight to see my family that I see in person less than once a year!

This website will be going into hibernation sometime between May 7 and May 22 since my renewal always happens during finals time… the worst time. I’d like to be up and running again this summer with a more affordable option.


P.S. Thanks to my Kofi contributors over the years! I appreciate every little bit of love.

picture of the author wearing a Society of Physics Students polo in front of a colorful backgroundProfessor, astronomer, education researcher, maker-of-tiny-comets, and all around geek, Dr. Nicole Gugliucci has made it their mission to study and share the Universe. Known as the “NoisyAstronomer,” she earned a doctorate studying radio astronomy, focused on science education as a postdoc, and is an associate professor of physics in New Hampshire.

In addition to teaching introductory and advanced physics and astronomy courses, Dr. Gugliucci gives talks on campus and with local groups about radio astronomy, citizen science, and the convergence of science and science fiction. At night, they might be found leading constellation tours and telescope observing sessions at the college’s observatory. They also assist in recruiting secondary education teachers from the ranks of the college’s STEM majors, train pre-service elementary teachers in science and engineering, and study the motivations of citizen scientists. They do hands-on astronomy activities with children and teachers, literally bringing the Universe into their grasp. Their science outreach has taken them to DragonCon, CONvergence, GeekGirlCon, and other events where they can interact through talks, demonstrations, and conversations with anyone with an interest in science.

As a postdoctoral fellow at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Dr. Gugliucci worked as the informal education lead for the citizen science project CosmoQuest, giving presentations at conventions, star parties, and professional meetings on how people can get involved in current research. She earned her doctorate from the University of Virginia in 2012 building a radio telescope array as part of a global effort to detect hydrogen from the early Universe. She has been working with radio telescopes since 2003, having co-authored several peer reviewed scientific articles on the subject, and she continues to find ways to use radio astronomy to educate people in the various ways that astronomers study the Universe. At the University of Virginia, she spent countless nights observing the sky with students and the general public. She has been a science blogger for outlets such as Discovery Space News and Skepchick.

See a (somewhat) current copy of their CV as a pdf on DropBox.

Nicole uses she/her and they/them pronouns.

All opinions are strictly my own and do not reflect upon ANY institutions and organizations with which I may be or may have been affiliated. This applies to this blog, other blogs, all my social media accounts, and any other ramblings by me that you may find on the web or a little scrap of paper blowing in the wind. 

Comment Policy

This is pretty easy. Be nice. Be respectful. Don’t be a jerk.

This is my home on the internet. This is my personal blog. You do not get to tell me how or what I should write. I used to write for several other sites in a more consistent and professional tone, so feel free to go there if that is what you prefer. Beyond that, there is a whole wide internet to explore; I’m sure you’ll find something you like.

You are welcome to come here and chat in my home. But I pay the rent, and I reserve the right to kick you out for rude, inappropriate, or spammy behavior. In fact, I can actually kick you out or delete your comment for whatever reason I want, or for no reason at all. However, I tend towards free expression so I will really only ban you if your dickishness becomes unbearable. I will delete comments that I find particularly disruptive. If I block you or delete your comment, I am not illegally restricting your free speech because I’m not a government entity. Get your own blog. It’s free! Or buy your own server space and say whatever you want there. Again, there is a big internet to explore.

You don’t know me, most likely, and I don’t know you, most likely. Commenters don’t know each other beyond words on a screen. Remember that there is a WHOLE PERSON on the other side of that comment and try and be respectful of that. Humor and snark are appreciated here, but a basic level of respect for each other is expected.

I will extend this policy when necessary to social media sites or any other such page where you can leave me comments. Oh, and real-life conversations. I reserve the right to update, change, and enforce this policy as I see fit, from now until the zombie apocalypse.

Privacy Policy

Who I am

This website address is: https://noisyastronomer.com and is run by Nicole Gugliucci.

What personal data is collected and why


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An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: https://automattic.com/privacy/. After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


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If you have an account and you log in to this site, it will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

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Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who I share your data with


How long I retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so I can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on this website (if any), it also stores the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data it holds about you, including any data you have provided to me. You can also request that I erase any personal data I hold about you. This does not include any data I am obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where I send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service such as, but not limited to, Akismet.

Your contact information

Questions? Email me.