Local Student Credited with Celestial Discovery

Apr 6, 2016

Imagine looking through a telescope and discovering some of the brightest galaxies ever seen in the universe--galaxies so old, and so bright, scientists didn't believe they could even exist.

A Barnstable High School graduate is credited with using telescope data to discover some of the brightest galaxies ever identified.
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Now imagine being an undergraduate student at UMass Amherst and making that discovery.

Barnstable native and UMass Amherst senior Kevin Harrington was that person. HeĀ found these 10 billion-year-old galaxies crunching data from some of the world's most powerful telescopes during summer internships.

WCAI's Kathryn Eident speaks with Harrington to learn more.