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Researchers study how stars in galaxy have moved

New Mexico State University researchers are part of a team of scientists with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) who created a new map of the Milky Way that shows nearly a third of the stars have dramatically changed their obits. “In our modern world, many people move far away from their birthplaces, sometimes halfway…
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NMSU astronomers among largest grant winners

New Mexico State University recognized university faculty members and staff Nov. 11 who were responsible for attracting $500,000 or more each in external funding during the past fiscal year, 2015. “It feels so good to be able to take a moment, appreciate and recognize the contributions being made by NMSU staff and faculty to research,…
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NASA selects NMSU for planetary data archiving

A $4.1 million dollar NASA award will allow New Mexico State University to continue operating the Atmospheres Node of NASA’s Planetary Data System (PDS) for the next five years. The university has led this effort for the past 20 years. “This is a critical function aimed at the preservation, archiving and access to all NASA…
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NMSU researchers propose concept to study Europa

What would it be like to study the atmosphere of Jupiter’s icy moon, Europa? A group of professors and students from New Mexico State University presented findings following a 9-month concept study focused on measuring properties of Europa’s atmosphere at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory this summer. NMSU was one of 10 university teams selected by…
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NMSU graduate student receives NASA fellowship

Weather doesn’t end when you leave Earth. With NASA’s help, researchers at New Mexico State University are studying the sun in hopes of forecasting space weather as accurately as your local weatherman. MacDonald and McAteer looking at a computer model of the sun. MacDonald is pointing to the computer. NMSU astronomy graduate student Gordon MacDonald,…
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Bernie McNamara retires in style

Bernie McNamara, in the year of his retirement, and after a very distinguished career at NMSU, won the top prize in this year’s Joan and Arnold Seidel Griffith Observer Science Writing Contest. It is the oldest and most prestigious writing contest in astronomy.

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NMSU astronomers contribute to massive star database, APO impacts regional economy

Scientists in January announced a final data release for the third phase of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey that includes information to allow researchers to construct a three-dimensional chemical map of the Milky Way galaxy. While this concludes a chapter in the survey, another one began last summer. For the last six years, New Mexico…
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NMSU Tombaugh Scholar contributes to first-generation star research

New Mexico State University researcher Young Sun Lee is a member of an international team of researchers that has discovered a star that may have formed just after the very first generation of stars in the universe. The work was published in the Aug. 22 issue of the prestigious research periodical, “Science.” The star, dubbed…
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