Astronomy and astrophysics are complementary approaches to understanding the night sky. Astronomers have worked for centuries observing the stars and planets, recording their motions, estimating their brightnesses and developing explanations for the cycles they follow.

The history of astronomy stretches back in time, long before writing, surviving in oral tradition and mythology embedded in the stories we tell of constellations and stars in the night sky. In the 20th century, revolutions in physics (quantum mechanics, relativity, semiconductors) opened up new perspectives on astronomy. Marrying principles and instrumentation derived from physics with the rich observational legacy of astronomy, the new discipline of astrophysics has produced an explosion of knowledge and understanding about how stars, galaxies and nebulae work.

Students working with Paula Turner at the Miller Observatory at Kenyon College contribute to those efforts by measuring and modeling pulsating variable stars. Turner also directs the CUREA program at Mount Wilson Observatory.

Areas of Expertise

Astronomy and astrophysics.


1996 — Doctor of Philosophy from Univ Rochester

1988 — Master of Arts from Univ Rochester

1986 — Bachelor of Science from Univ Illinois Urbana

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