Star light, star bright

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In a galaxy far, far away burns a star now known as UGA-1785 thanks to Roger Hunter (BS ’78), who leads the NASA search for inhabitable planets outside our solar system. The Kepler mission, as it’s known, recently found three planets with light collected from the host star. The light from the star originated in 1801, NASA scientists determined, the first year of classes at UGA. Hunter asked and was told that yes, the star could be nicknamed for UGA and the year the university was chartered. The Kepler Space Telescope, launched in 2009, provides the technology to explore other galaxies. Since then, project scientists have confirmed the existence of 115 planets outside our solar system.

Learn more about Hunter and Kepler from this June 2011 GM feature story: http://tinyurl.com/bq89nhy.