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Astronomy (Observational)

The astronomy group at UGA studies a wide range of astrophysical objects and phenomena using a wide range of observational and theoretical methods. We work on stars, star forming regions, and hot and cold gas clouds and supersonic shocks within our Galaxy. We take and analyze radio, optical, ultraviolet, and X-ray data using Arecibo, Chandra, FUSE, the GBT, Mt. Hopkins, ROSAT, XMM, and one the newest sites at Kitt Peak, the SARA telescope.

Graduate Student Renata Cumbee working with the 24" telescope in the UGA Observatory

In order to better understand the observations, we perform detailed computer simulations of fluid motions and spectral signitures and we compute some of the atomic/molecular parameters needed for spectral simulations.