Caltech Astronomer Wins 2018 Robert J. Trumpler Award

first_img Make a comment 3 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it BJ Fulton Credit: Marina Popova of Visual Crave PhotographyBJ Fulton, a staff scientist at NASA’s Exoplanet Science Institute (NExScI) at Caltech, is being honored with the 2018 Robert J. Trumpler Award—an honor bestowed by the Astronomical Society for the Pacific (ASP) to the recipient of a “PhD degree in North America whose research is considered unusually important to astronomy.”Fulton received his doctorate from the University of Hawaii in 2017. Part of his graduate research took place at Caltech in the research group of Professor of Astronomy Andrew Howard, who himself moved from the University of Hawaii to Caltech in 2016.Fulton’s thesis revealed that the majority of exoplanets found to date fall into two distinct size groups: rocky Earth-like planets and larger mini-Neptunes. In a 2017 news release, Fulton and his team compared the finding—made using data from NASA’s Kepler mission and the W. M. Keck Observatory—to discovering a new branch in the family tree of exoplanets.“BJ’s discovery gets to the heart of exoplanetary science by categorizing planets into their fundamental types,” says Howard. “This categorization, in turn, sparked other astronomers to propose physical processes that sculpted the planet population into the types we see today.”Fulton is now a staff scientist at NExScI, which is based at IPAC, a science and data center for astronomy at Caltech. He is the deputy project scientist for the NASA-National Science Foundation Exoplanet Observational Research (NN-EXPLORE) program, which funds and operates the NEID spectrograph.For more information about the ASP, visit Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Community News Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Things You’ve Always Wanted To Know About RihannaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty18 Ways To Get Rid Of HiccupsHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News People Caltech Astronomer Wins 2018 Robert J. Trumpler Award By WHITNEY CLAVIN Published on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | 1:07 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img