In my field of work, it’s the biggest game in town. How exactly do you predict how massive a planet will be before it’s even fully formed? I may not have the sure bet, but we’ve been working on ways to shorten the odds.
Some recent tweets about fellowship requirements got me to thinking. As an astrophysicist with an interest in planet formation, the analogies between growing a planet and growing an academic have been yammering in my brain all day, so I might as well splurge them here.