Michelle Thaller (born c. 1970 in Waukesha, Wisconsin) is an American astronomer and research scientist. Thaller is the assistant director for Science Communication at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
From 1998 to 2009 she was a staff scientist at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center, and later Manager of the Education and Public Outreach program for the Spitzer Space Telescope, at the California Institute of Technology.
A native of Wisconsin, Thaller graduated from Waukesha South High School in 1988. She attended Harvard University where she majored in astrophysics and worked on precision measurement of binary stars, receiving a Bachelor's degree in 1992. At Georgia State University Thaller worked on colliding winds in close massive binary systems. She received a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in 1998.
Thaller has been featured in an episode of the National Geographic Channel documentary television series, Naked Science, and has appeared on Life and Times on the Los Angeles based television station KCET. She is a regular contributor to the online edition of the Christian Science Monitor for which she writes a monthly science column, and has appeared seven times on the History Channel show, The Universe. She appears in the Science Channel show, How the Universe Works. Thaller also contributed to and appeared in the award-winning video podcast series IRrelevant Astronomy.
Thaller is married to Sigma Space Optical Engineer Andrew Booth and lives in Maryland. During her years in Pasadena, California she was a regular participant in the summer Santa Barbara Renaissance Faire.
Our Place in the Universe: Cosmology from Ancient Greece to Today
Michelle Thaller discussed how we have perceived own own place in the universe since ancient times. Speaker Biography: Michelle Thaller is assistant director for science communication and...
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What We're Really Made Of: Michelle Thaller at TEDxBinghamtonUniversity
Assistant director for science communication and higher education, NASA Sciences and Exploration Directorate, and specialist in the lifecycles of stars. http://www.binghamton.edu/ http://www.bingh...
Dr. Michelle Thaller
Dr. Michelle Thaller, Assistant Director of Science for Communications at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center in Maryland. In her current role, Michelle represents all of NASA's science themes,...
Finding Our Way in the Dark (Matter and Energy)
Dr Michelle Thaller, Assistant Director of Science at the Goddard Space Flight Center, discusses the latest developments in astrophysics in a presentation to the staff of the American Geophysical...
We Are Dead Stars
Every atom in our bodies was fused in an ancient star. NASA astronomer Dr. Michelle Thaller explains how the iron in our blood connects us to one of the most violent acts in the universe—a...
Michelle Thaller on Science at CWA 2009
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10 Questions for Michelle
Carl Sagan or Brad Pitt? And other urgent questions for our beloved Michelle Thaller. Michelle Thaller is an astronomer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. She loves to study binary stars...
NASA | Siding Spring live shot with Michelle Thaller
Michelle Thaller talks about the close encounter between Mars and Comet Siding Spring at the Oct 17, 2014 liveshot. This is a canned interview. This video is public domain and can be downloaded...
Exoplanets Conversation with Michelle Thaller and Neil Gehrels - full version
I got to sit down with Drs. Michelle Thaller and Neil Gehrels to talk about exoplanets, WFIRST, and their best guesses for how we might discover alien life. This is the full, unedited conversatio...
Yahoo News UK
Mon, 06 Apr 2015 22:37:30 -0700
Michelle Thaller is the Assistant Director of Science at Goddard Space Flight Center at NASA. She contributed this article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. A lot of people ask me if being an astronomer changes the way I look at life. To ...
Wed, 21 May 2014 12:00:44 -0700
Living shoulder-to-shoulder on a small blue planet zooming through an ever-expanding universe, it's easy to feel very, very small. But what we are is actually pretty incredible. "We are dead stars looking back up at the sky," Dr. Michelle Thaller ...
Wed, 25 Feb 2015 20:18:05 -0800
It's public and it's made available for everyone on the planet,” said Dr. Michelle Thaller of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. “NASA is a world resource. There's nobody that does what NASA does. As an American, I think that this is something that ...
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 05:30:00 -0800
Mini moons are the opposite of the much-hyped supermoons, when our celestial companion appears brighter and larger than normal. The phenomenon has been widely reported by KPCC and others. Griffith Observatory Director Ed Krupp said that got him ...
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Sun, 22 Mar 2015 05:00:00 -0700
The Milwaukee Symphony Chorus takes the spotlight without the orchestra March 28-29. For about the same price as a first-run movie ticket, you can hear them. Joined by organists Christopher Berry and Thomas Koester, the chorus and soloists will sing a ...
Tue, 13 Jan 2015 18:19:36 -0800
Want to name an alien world? The International Astronomical Union's planet-naming contest is open for business. Suggestions are being solicited from registered clubs and nonprofit organizations — and if your group hasn't registered, you have until May ...
Slate Magazine (blog)
Slate Magazine (blog)
Fri, 16 Jan 2015 04:02:06 -0800
So my sincere thanks to Hank and John Green, and to the folks who work on my show: Blake de Pastino, Nicholas Jenkins and Michael Aranda, Nicole Sweeney, and of course my dear friend Dr. Michelle Thaller, who has been essential in helping me not ...
Press & Sun-Bulletin
Press & Sun-Bulletin
Tue, 17 Mar 2015 12:24:33 -0700
The girls will talk in person with female computer scientists and by videoconference with NASA scientist Michelle Thaller. During these lunch meetings, the girls will have an opportunity to learn about careers in computer programming and other STEM fields.
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