WXII: HPU Students Analyze Data from NASA Satellite

A group of High Point University students received an out-of-this-world experience by collecting and analyzing data from a NASA satellite. Using NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), students observed new variable stars, which play a crucial role in understanding the universe.

As part of a project in their modern astrophysics class, taught by Dr. Brad Barlow, associate professor of astrophysics and director of the Culp Planetarium, each student was assigned 40 candidate variable stars to analyze using TESS. Last fall, Barlow was awarded a grant from NASA to conduct this research with his students.

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