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Frank Winkler Receives NASA Funding

March 28, 2017

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Frank Winkler, emeritus professor of physics, has been awarded funding from the NASA-funded Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory for his role in a collaborative research project involving researchers at NASA's Space Telescope Science Institute and Australian National University (ANU).

This project, titled N103B: A Type Ia Remnant with Circumstellar Interaction...Kepler’s Older Cousin?, entails observations from NASA's orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory, together with analysis of ground-based data recently obtained from the wide-field spectrograph instrument on ANU’s 2.3m telescope at Siding Spring Observatory.

These ground-based observations also include other supernova remnants in the Small Magellanic Cloud, and integrating this information with other data will help to achieve a more complete understanding of supernovae and the interstellar medium.