Dance / Space Science

Michelle Thaller

“I’m not sure if I should admit this or not, but I have in fact danced in many observatories across the world.”


Michelle Thaller is an astronomer who loves the universe because it’s full of drama.


Michelle is a Renaissance dancer, which also has a kind of drama.

Dancing with the Stars

Michelle Thaller finds dance partners across time and space.

30 Second Science with Michelle Thaller

We give Michelle Thaller 30 seconds to describe her science, and she tells us where she came from.

10 Questions with Michelle Thaller

Carl Sagan or Brad Pitt? And other urgent questions for our beloved Michelle Thaller.

Michelle Thaller’s Favorite Science Quote

Michelle Thaller loves Albert Einstein. And who doesn't?

About Michelle Thaller

Michelle Thaller is an astronomer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. She loves to study binary stars and the life cycles of the stars. In her off-hours, Michelle often puts on about 30 lbs of Elizabethan garb and performs intricate Renaissance dances.

  • Donna

    Hi, I’m a registered nurse and have always been very interested in the science field. I’m particularly interested in the cosmos and impressed at how far we’ve come in explaining its birth. However, I’ve never seen or heard an explaination about how the universe got here or what’s beyond it. We talk about the theory behind how the stars and planets were born, but nothing about the cosmos itself! We seem to know the threads that hold everything together, but never talk about the “stuff” before it. I would love to see a show on how the universe came to be (not planets and stars) and how far it goes, what holds it “up”, etc. Thank you.

  • Pavle

    What do I need to become your friend?

    Wonderful articles!

    Dr. Pavle Matijevic

  • Sharon Moore-Lawrence

    I have a 4 year old son that lives and breathes the solar system, we encourage him to watch Discovery channel, he watches with great attention and can repeat a lot of the information correctly at a later date. He watches the cute utube videos with the songs about the solar system. He can tell you the names of all the planets and dwarf planets of our solar system . We would like to know if there is something more that we can do to help him other than what we have been doing with books and videos, and taking the telescope outside. Thank you any help you may be able to give me.

  • Zhaochen Tai

    I am a star gazer and a contemporary dancer. I really like your idea of how astronomy and dance can be connected—awesome!