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Reinhardt Students Explore the Milky Way Galaxy at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, W. Va.

students at NRAOReinhardt College students recently traveled to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, W. Va. for a one-week intensive course in Radio Astronomy. Under the instruction of Reinhardt Assistant Professor of Physics Dr. David Moore, students measured the atomic hydrogen emissions from the plane of our galaxy, the Milky Way. During the week, students collected 14 hours of data by looking in different directions around the plane of the galaxy; from the data, students were able to confirm the shape and direction of rotation of the Milky Way.

Pictured are (back row, left to right): Ryan Hill, a freshman from Kennesaw; Richard McLaughlin, a freshman from Alpharetta; Tommy Lamson, a junior from Decatur; Devin Stone, a sophomore from Ball Ground; Moore; Mary Grace Howard, a sophomore from Sandy Springs; Nicki Varsel, a sophomore from Gainesville; and Wes Hill, a senior from Kennesaw; (front row, left to right): Angel Livingston, a junior from Alpharetta; Amber Loggins, a junior from Dawsonville; Sheila Udogi, a senior from Atlanta; Caitlyn Crippin, a junior from Conyers; and Susan Harden, a spring '08 graduate from Jasper.

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