Purpose

This website is an accessible hub for everyone to explore the various facets that astronomy and astrophysics have to offer! Read my blog to get the latest information about the universe, packaged accessibly for maximum understanding.  Check out The SkySimplified Podcast for fascinating conversations about the intersections shared between astronomy, astrophysics, and a sampling platter of various academic fields. Explore the Picture of the Week, gaining a deeper appreciation for the beauty of the universe as you understand the details of what makes it tick.

No matter what question you might have about the heavens, my goal is to answer it. How does a black hole behave when stressed? What does it mean for the universe to be expanding (and what is it expanding into)? Why is our reality constantly wobbling? And the most important question of all— why does any of this matter? I hope to leave you readers with a deeper appreciation for the cosmos we are part of, and how the pursuit of astrophysics is uniquely poised to shaping our future.

So, just dive in! Enjoy the sights! And be sure to spread the awareness about astronomy and astrophysics wherever you can; the skies will love you as much as you love them.

 

About Me

Hi! I’m Pranet Sharma, a sophomore at Yale University studying physics and economics. But most of all, I love the universe and everything in it! My passion is to learn more about the skies—through the various research I’m involved in—while also sharing that knowledge. In my spare time, you’ll find me reading, watching and analyzing film, talking about philosophy or physics, hiking, swimming, eating, and playing the piano and guitar. I will always be accessible through email if you have any questions. Clear skies!

  Blog Posts

Wiggling Spacetime

IMAGE CREDIT: Michael S. Williamson / The Washington Post Welcome back! I am so excited to be back writing for SkySimplified, and am even more excited to report on one of the most exciting results in modern astrophysics. One day ago, the team at NANOGrav—the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves—announced a seminal result within our greater pursuit of understanding the universe: the spacetime continuum is constantly...

Mars

NOTE: ALL IMAGES (and caption) CREDIT TO NASA Welcome back! I hope you are all safe and doing well. It’s been a while since our last update, and a lot has happened in that time! I’ve finally moved into college, and my bio on the front page has been updated from “high school senior” to “college freshman”, something that still feels a little bit unreal. Classes are in full swing—and so are extracurriculars—and I find that in the transitionary...

James Webb Update!

NOTE: ALL IMAGES (and caption) CREDIT TO NASA Welcome back! We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to discuss one of the most exciting advancements in astronomy and astrophysics of the last decade; the James Webb Space Telescope has finally returned its first images of the universe! Check out Part I and Part II of my series on the telescope to understand the context of the launch and discover why it is such an impactful launch....

Venus

ALL PICTURES CREDIT: NASA Welcome back!  I hope you are all safe and doing well. The times that we live in continue to traverse towards tumultuousness. It seems as though there is almost no sign of positive change in the near future. With Supreme Court precedents taking away human rights as the pandemic continues to take lives, it is always easy to lose hope in times like these. It makes it all the more essential, however, that we do not....

Mercury

Welcome back! I apologize for the extended hiatus from writing; it’s been an incredibly tumultuous time for me in terms of change. After 12 years of schooling, I have finally graduated, and am proud to be attending Yale University this fall where I hope to study physics along with computer science and economics (combining my love for the universe with my love for interdisciplinarity!) With decision-making, graduation, and so much more, my days...

Black Holes Redux

Welcome back! I am immensely happy to announce that this is the 50th blog post published on this website!!! It’s incredibly exciting to have come this far with y’all, and I couldn’t have done it without the incessant support, feedback, and optimism. I’m so grateful that you are all willing to simplify the skies as much as I am! Given that it is such a momentous occasion for this site, I felt that it was fitting to go back to the origin. I began...

Cataclysmic Variable Stars

Welcome back! I hope you are all safe and doing well. As the passage of times proceeds onwards—and more and more people get vaccinated and follow guidelines for COVID—the number of cases and concurrent deaths continue to decrease. This news serves as the light at the end of the tunnel for several people trapped in circumstances by the onset of COVID; we can now have hope that the world will return to normal as soon as can be expected. In light...

The James Webb Space Telescope: Part II

Welcome back! I hope you are all safe and doing well. As the COVID climate of the country continually changes, it is essential to maintain safety. Especially during an especially virulent outbreak, our safety is in our hands, in the precautions that we take and the measures we use to constrain the spread of the virus. In such uncertain times—where certainty is forged by our actions!—it is often a fitting escape to look to the incredible science...

The James Webb Space Telescope: Part I

  Hi all! Welcome back after a longer break!! It’s great to see you all here, my dear readers, as we explore the intricacies of the cosmos and the vehicles to explore it into a new year. And on that note, Happy New Year! Here’s to a better 2022 than the past two years have been. To start off the new year, we’re going to be discussing a recent launch that excited astronomers and astrophysicists across the world. Move over, Hubble; it’s time for...

The Space Shuttle: Part IV

NOTE: All picture credits to NASA. Welcome back! I hope that you are all safe and doing well. It’s been a while since we’ve seen each other. The whirlpool of application season has finally lulled, and I’m so excited to jump back into where we left off with our journey to low-Earth orbit in the Space Shuttle. We are now in our final stages of discussion regarding this amazing piece of engineering that shaped human spaceflight in the late 20th...