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I finally found a research topic, thanks to new data that my Advisor had just acquired from his satellite experiment. It literally came in the nick of time. What was really strange about all this is that I began to realize how important 'timing' is to completing a Ph.D.

If you enter a department too early, there is no new data or research going on for you to get involved with. If you arrive too late, then some other graduate student has been given the choicest data to work with and you are left with nothing.

This data was unique, and the first time anyone had ever studied an astronomical object in this way. We were convinced that many important papers would come from this data, and my thesis was going to be one of the first ones.!

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