Charity Southworth
Portrait by Devin Finch


Hello! My name is Churrts. This blog will offer you a glimpse of what it is like to be a scientist in the world of art. When I began college I studied ceramics and even though I was studying art, I was required to complete a science class. I decided to take astronomy because it seemed “fun and easy”. It wasn’t easy, but oh boy, was it fun! A month into the course I decided that I wanted to become an astronomer, and that’s exactly what I did.

Most of the astronomy research I have conducted is in radio astronomy. I have had great opportunities to observe on some of the best radio telescopes in the world, including the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), the Very Large Array (VLA) and the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico! However, astronomy is not my only love. I spent a few weeks in the Sierra Nevada studying volcanic landforms in the Long Valley Caldera region and welcomed geology into my heart. I am also currently pursuing a degree in physics.

I actually love all fields of science; astronomy, geology, and physics are just my three favorites. As much as I thoroughly enjoy observing on telescopes, conducting research, and hiking through the mountains, my ultimate focus has always been science outreach. My first step into outreach was when I wrote a live show entitled “Captain Planet and the Physiteers.” It incorporated various science demonstrations (such as using a Tesla Coil, or making banana hammers with liquid nitrogen) and the show was performed at a children’s museum! I love talking, writing, and even making art about science.

Though I have been highly involved in the science world throughout my academic career, I never really left the art world behind. I have been spending my free time blurring the line between the sciences and arts. I own The Science Boutique, an Etsy shop where I sell handmade jewelry that is science themed; I design and make every piece myself. Recently I started sewing my own dresses, mainly with fabrics that have a science theme. I am lucky enough to work at the Museum of Science in Boston as a Planetarium Presenter, “flying” the audience across the Universe and back. I am also a laserist at the planetarium, meaning that I run the laser shows, which is a blast!

I hope you enjoy my blog. You will be able to find entries discussing current and important topics from the science world as well as updates on all of my projects!

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