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  • 2020 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize

    I’m very pleased and excited to share that I’ve been selected as the 2020 recipient of the Newton Lacy Pierce Prize by the American Astronomical Society! The prize awarded annually for outstanding achievement, over the past five years, in observational research by a young astronomer. I’m honored to be in the company of so many other outstanding scientists who have […]
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  • New paper: measuring red supergiant temperatures with WFIRST!

    We have a new paper – and our first Research Note – from the UW Massive Stars research group! This is the first paper for undergraduate researcher Megan Kokoris, and focuses on simulating what photometric observations of red supergiants will look like with the future Wide Field Infrared Space Telescope (WFIRST). Using model infrared spectra of red supergiants, the latest […]
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  • New paper: mass loss rates and a luminosity function for Andromeda red supergiants!

    New UW Massive Stars research group paper alert! This paper was led by graduate student Kathryn Neugent and tackles the challenging question of whether we’re properly modeling the mass loss rates of red supergiants (which can be extremely complex!) and accurately predicting their physical properties as a result. Kathryn used careful observations of red supergiants in the Andromeda Galaxy to […]
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  • New paper: a candidate colliding-wind binary in M33!

    There’s a new paper from members of the UW Massive Stars research group, this time on the discovery of a strange binary system in the galaxy M33! Led by former UW graduate student (and current postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arkansas) Kristen Garofali, this paper describes optical and X-ray observations of a strange object first discovered in archival Chandra […]
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  • New paper: characterizing MANY new RSG+B star binaries

    Check out the latest paper from the UW Massive Stars research group! This is the next paper in a series by second-year graduate student Kathryn Neugent. In her first paper she presented a photometric method for detecting red supergiants with binary companions. Here she applies her method to RSG samples, spectroscopically tests the results, and detects 87 new RSGs, ALL […]
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