Monday, June 3, 2013

UIS professor gets out of this world opportunity

One UIS professor is getting a chance to put his stamp on history.

Astronomy and physics associate professor John Martin will join scientists from around the world to study the massive Eta Carinae star using the Hubble Space Telescope.

This is a huge opportunity for Martin. He will embark on learning more about a star bigger than the sun.

"We have a baseline of data for this star going back 10 to 15 years with the Hubble Space Telescope," Martin said. "This is the first time in three years we've been awarded time to do this, so we get to follow up basically on what it's been doing."

Martin and his team expect to receive data from the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore over the next two years.

The story was featured by WICS-TV 20 on May 31, 2013.

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