Physics professor to present findings of Milky Way project

Jonathan Bratt, Huntington UniversityHuntington, 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.
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


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