Physics professor to present findings of Milky Way project
FOR RELEASE: Thursday, September 2, 2010Huntington, Ind. - Huntington University has one of the few operational radio telescopes in the region. Installed in 2003, the telescope has been invaluable to faculty research. Now, Dr. Jonathan Bratt, assistant professor of physics, is testing its potential for undergraduate research.
Over the summer, Bratt conducted experiments using the telescope, which is located on the roof of the Science Building, to study the rotational speed of the Milky Way. At 4 p.m. Sept. 17, Bratt will present his findings during a special seminar in Hiner Hall of the Science Building on HU's campus.
"The ongoing goal of such studies is to better understand the structure of our galaxy," Bratt said of the project which was supported by a mini-grant from the Hammel Research Endowment at Huntington University. "A main purpose of mine in doing this project was to explore the possibility of undergraduate work with the telescope in the future."
The seminar is free and open to the public.