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A galactic story of friendship that ends with an explosion: superluminescent supernova gc2017

  Published! is a series of chats with women in science highlighting their publications as leading authors. If you know someone who has recently published a scientific manuscript who would like to chat with me, you can get in touch via Twitter  @laurenpoppi  or email < >. Dr. Héloïse Stevance is an astrophysics postdoctoral fellow at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Héloïse recently published a  paper  that uses a computer mini-universe to work out the likely events that lead to the real observations of superluminescent supernova 2017gci. In addition to being a full-time astrophysicist, Héloïse is also a well-known science communicator and a roller derby player. We chat about everything from hydrogen wiggles, magnetars, and black holes, to writing papers in LaTeX, fluorescent hair vs. clickbait, and power dynamics in academia. Héloïse provides a refreshing glimpse into research life in New Zealand, and emphasizes that in addition to working consi