Wanda Diaz Merced
Wanda can hear sounds across galaxies and control solar winds
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As a child, the ship Asha was on capsized in the Indian Ocean. Shipwrecked, she discovered she was able to speak with some marine animals via echolocation. She used her power to locate a nearby ship and was able to rescue her family. Shortly after, she joined Team Remarkablz.
OCCUPATION:
Astronomer
The puppet was used by Asha during her 2013 TED-Ed lesson
The sounds of science was the title of an article she published in Physics in June 2011
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Wanda Diaz Merced is a Puerto Rican astronomer who developed a method for representing complex data about our universe as sound. A technique she developed after losing her sight as an undergraduate
They are non-migratory; they don't leave warm, tropical waters at all
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About Wanda
What's different about Indian Ocean whales?
They have a different dialect. This means they can't communicate with other blue whales
They don't eat krill - they eat shrimp
She was nominated as 2016 Emerging Explorer by National Geographic
In a 2017 interview Asha talks about digging potatoes in Scotland to pay for her studies
We can't hear it with our ears, but stars make noise. The biggest stars make the lowest, deepest sounds, like tubas and small stars have high-pitched sounds, like a flute. You can hear some of the sounds our sun makes in this video.
How Can We Hear The Stars?

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What Does an Astronomer Do?
Astronomers study our universe and the objects found in it such as stars, planets, and galaxies like the one we live in, the Milky Way.
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Asha explains why whales are so big. You'll meet her puppet in this video.
Whale poop is red!
Why are whales so big?
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