That really is awesome - not surprised a female student discovered it - there's quite a few women in astronomy, even here in the States.
Before this turns into anything else, I think it is very interesting. I accept that it is not everone's interest. But then again I do not share the same interests as some others. I also do not care what sex the person is, who discovered it is. I think it is remarkable what has been found out as years have progressed. We are part of all this. We do not know everything, and we may learn something of value which could affect our planet. And it might be to our interest.
I love astronomy, my primary interest is astrobiology. If NASA does discover intelligent life on another world, I bet that'll come during my lifetime.
In fact, they might even visit Britmovie when they find us and land here.
It is pretty pathetic that 40 years on we still have not gone to Mars. European Space agency should get EU to stick 1% on everyone's taxes to fund space missions and we should land on Mars and set up mining colony on asteroid belt. We should explore Venus too, because it might have airborne dinosaurs.
Formby - Victoria Road Beach, an amazing place to visit Do yourself a favour stay on the old terraccota and don't go Dolly daydreaming about the romance of outer space, planet Earth is where it's at.
I'm not entirely sure why this is being discussed as an either/or situation. Why can't people be interested both in what people do on Earth and the amazing story of astrophysics? And to dismiss the latter as "boring" seems to me a little sad to be honest.