Today's storyteller is Dr Anna Frebel! Anna is an astronomer and stellar archaeologist, working as a professor and researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her work focuses on finding the oldest stars in the universe, and y'all this is some really mind blowing work she's doing. In this episode we learn about metal poor stars, what that means, how one can (roughly) tell the age of a star, what kind of information we learn from old stars, how one navigates in outer space, and about her book "Searching for the Oldest Stars"! This is such a great conversation, Anna is brilliant, and I hope y'all enjoy this. And also, she's #TeamHB6 to my HB5 and we talk a bit about Homeward Bound at the end. Enjoy!


You can find Rachel Villani on Twitter @flyingcypress and Storytellers of STEMM on Facebook and on the shiny new Twitter account @storytellers42.

You can find   Anna on Twitter @annafrebel and her MIT website:  Also you should definitely check out Anna's book "Searching for the Oldest Stars: Ancient Relics from the Early Universe"!

And I love it when women in STEMM have Wikipedia pages (which is why I mentioned it in the episode) SO check it out --

You can find Homeward Bound at their website, on Twitter @HomewardBound16, and on Facebook at

Recorded on 16 May 2021.

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