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Astronomy and Astrophysics

World-Class SCSU Astronomer Horch Eyes Deep Space

World-Class SCSU Astronomer Horch Eyes Deep Space

In a modest laboratory at Southern Connecticut State University, across the hall from his spartan office with its white block walls, Dr. Elliott Horch is conducting big science. His research is helping fellow astronomers to see the universe more clearly. In recent years they have discovered hundreds of new planets, some quite similar to Earth, not to mention many solar systems sporting two stars — yes, a la Star Wars. The NASA Kepler space telescope, whose mission is being aided by a device invented and built by Horch that improves ground-based telescopes, has documented 1,019 new planets and has more than 4,000 likely suspects under surveillance. Combining forces, Kepler and earthly...