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Published on Feb 7, 2014
Karen Kwitter is the Ebenezer Fitch Professor of Astronomy at Williams College. She studies planetary nebulae, the glowing gas shells ejected by dying sun-like stars. Recently, Kwitter and colleagues have observed planetary nebulae in the Milky Way using the Hubble Space Telescope, and in the Andromeda Galaxy (2 million light years away) using the Gran Telescopio Canarias, one of the world's largest. Her courses include introductory astrophysics, a tutorial on the search for extraterrestrial life, and an advanced course on interstellar matter. She received her B.A. from Wellesley and her M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the International Astronomical Union's Working Group on Planetary Nebulae.
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