Pamela Gay - Astronomer

“Sometimes all it takes is one person saying, change starts here…”


PhD Astronomer. Educator. Comic Aficionado. Writer. Podcaster. Scientist. Star Gazer. Big Thinker. Speaker. Storyteller. Interlocutor. Proud Nerd. Gracious Human. Explorer.


How often are you star struck?! Space, our universe, planets and existential life, are things which us humans are often mesmerised by. You would perhaps think that it’s a good idea for us to sort out more pressing matters on earth, ones that we have some sort of control over. However, there are good reasons for our curious explorations, as the new technologies which are tested and created in space, do trickle down into our everyday use.


Our guest this week, Pamela Gay, is a magnificently smart and interesting lady who has dedicated most of her life to understanding more about our own universe and sharing her knowledge with other inquisitive minds. She has the voice of an angel and her articulation makes you want to close your eyes and listen to her talk about all the wonderful marvels in our night skies!

Pamela was born in Southern California. In her early years she grew up seeing space shuttle landings at Edwards Air Force Base. Even though they moved to Massachusetts in her second grade, she kept finding herself connected to space, through reading magazines and getting a telescope of her own.


Growing up in the 80’s, she learned that she did not belong to ‘the normal part of society’, so she embraced it and was comfortable with being a nerd. It wasn’t her intellect and geekiness which became the torment of her childhood, but rather the fact that her surname was ‘Gay’.


As with many industries these days, discrimination and harassment towards women, is something which is still rife in Astronomy. It takes strong ladies like Pamela to voice their concerns. More importantly, it is also the responsibility and prerogative of men to stand up for women and call out their male counterparts, to help eradicate what are antiquated and unacceptable ways of behaving.


In this Podcast we covered some fascinating ground. Exploring topics, like being a nerd, harassment and inequality, real life avatars, comic books, finding your tribe, online trolls, everything astronomy and of course the importance of looking up to the sky and thinking big.


We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.


Let’s find out what it means for Pamela Gay to be Ridiculously Human.


Your fellow beings,

Craig and Gareth


Background, Context & Reference

Connect with Pamela Gay:









Pamela’s Podcasts and thoughts:

Pamela – Cosmo Quest

Pamela’s Podcast – Astronomy Cast

Pamela – What I believe

Other relevant points discussed and mentioned:

Bitch Planet – Comic Series

The Sandman – Comic Series

Umbrella Academy – Comic Series


Universe Today

Erisa – Boston Conference

Doctor Who

Skeksis – Dark Crystals

Edwards Air Force Base

James Madison College

Flat Earth Society

Title IX – Education Amendment

James Webb Telescope

Emotional Intelligence

Apollo Program

Hidden Figures – Movie


Sydney Observatory

Arthur BC Walker Award

American Association Variable Star Observers

Slacker Astronomy Podcast

South African Large Telescope (SALT)

Atacama Large Millimeter Array Telescope (ALMA)

Milky Way

Star Dust

Compound Objects

Neutron Stars

Speed of Gravity

Black Holes

Red Dwarf Star

CCD Cameras

WIFI Invention

Place Mentioned:

Edwardsville, Illinois

Cape Town, South Africa

Sutherland, Western Cape

Music By

The Bambuseae Rhythm Section – Check them out here

Simon Van Gend Band – Check them out here


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