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Posted 11 January 2019 - 10:07 AM

Hats off to Makennah Bristow, a student at UNC-Asheville, a member of the astronomy Club of Asheville, and a previous club $1,000 scholarship recipient!!!  Working as a NASA intern, she had a hand in the recent discovery of an exoplanet in the habitable zone of K2-288, a star located 226 light years away in Taurus!

 

Our club ( http://www.astroasheville.org  ) has partnered with the university's Physics Department in building, equipping, and running Lookout Observatory  ( https://lookoutobservatory.unca.edu/  ) where astronomy education, research, and public outreach take place. Courtesy of a generous bequest, we are able to award two $1,000 scholarships per academic year to UNC-Asheville students. Ms. Bristow was one of the recipients in 2017/2018.  She is also a docent at the observatory.  

 

Here's a link to the NASA news article:   https://www.jpl.nasa...hp?feature=7313    

 

Jim H.    


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