My name is Yvette Cendes, and I am a Hungarian-American astronomer and world traveler. So far my research and adventures on the road have taken me to almost 50 countries on six continents. When not gallivanting around the planet, I am currently an Astronomy PhD student at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands where I work with LOFAR looking for transient signals and do freelance writing that has appeared in places like Astronomy magazine, Sky & Telescope, and Astrobites.
My most notable travel adventures were my six months living in New Zealand (blog here), a round the world trip during the first half of 2009 which took in Asia, Europe, and southern Africa, and about four months in 2011 where I primarily focused on East Africa and going all the way from Hong Kong to Kathmandu overland. Along the way I have ridden an ostrich, climbed to Everest Base Camp, gotten punched by a mountain gorilla, invited to a wedding in Laos off the street… you get the idea. I love to explore our planet and all that it has to offer.
I love to explore our universe as well, and my scientific research adventures so far have taken me to the SETI Institute in California (where I did not find aliens, else this wouldn’t be the first time you’ve heard of it) and to the Pierre Auger Observatory in remote Argentina to look for mysterious ultra-high-energy cosmic rays from deep space. Although I was born and grew up in the United States and got my Physics B.S. and M.S. from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, I decided to move abroad for my PhD and now live the expat life in Amsterdam.
As a final note, I love to write both about science and travel. I do various freelance pieces as time allows, and add to the list below as they come out-
I am a regular contributor to the Astrobites website, a site where recent astronomical journal papers are summarized at an undergraduate level. Beyond that, here are my latest magazine publications:
“The Weirdest Star in the Universe,” Astronomy, September 2015
“Anomaly From Above,” Discover, June 2015
“The Telescope at the End of the World,” Astronomy, February 2015
“Secret Lives of Supermassive Stars,” Astronomy, May 2014
“A South Pole Eye on the Sky,” CWRU Art/Sci Magazine, spring/summer 2014
“Tuning in to Radio Jupiters,” Sky & Telescope, January 2014
“Spacecraft: Where Are They Now?” Astronomy, December 2013
“A new eye on the violent universe,” Astronomy, March 2013 cover article
“Tales from the Dwingeloo Radio Observatory,” Sky & Telescope, January 2013 issue, p. 70.
“Visit Southern California’s Top Astronomy Sites,” Astronomy, December 2011 issue, p. 64.
“Visit Northern California’s Top Astronomy Sites,” Astronomy, July 2011 issue, p. 50.
“Seven Solo Female Travel Myths Debunked“- an article for the Boots’n All network, August 20, 2010
“Four Reasons to Travel with an E-Reader”– another Boots’n All article from December 1, 2010.
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