High School Students Discover Stars.

Dominik Fritz and Jason Barton, seniors at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, discovered five stars in the constellation Pegasus as members of a Southern Methodist University summer physics research program where they studied astronomical data.
What is more incredible is that all five stars discovered by  seniors  are eclipsing contact binary stars, pairs of stars that orbit around each other so closely that their outer atmospheres touch.

These stars are categorized as variable stars, stars that change brightness, which make up half the stars in the universe.

Working in a campus science building basement laboratory (where else would you put future scientists), they analyzed the collected data to make their discoveries.

Fritz and Barton are among nine high school students and two high school physics teachers conducting physics research at SMU through the QuarkNet program.  QuarkNet is a physics teacher development program with 50 centers at U.S. universities and national laboratories.

Funded by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy, the program gives teachers and students opportunities to learn about the most recent discoveries in physics.
The future looks bright for these students, and who said they only play football in Texas high schools.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +


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