August 22, 2014
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Star News Takes Off Globally News hits

About a month ago, we reported that RIT researchers were making international news in astronomy (black holes and the Milky Way).

Our “Star” faculty are at it again:

Congratulations to RIT Professor Joel Kastner (Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science) for his work with NASA and leading a team studying mega stars. His story was referenced by more than 130 web-based news organizations within 24 hours. Here is some of what UPI reported, followed by stories from around the globe:

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 8 (UPI) — The discovery of dusty disks — the building blocks of planets — around two massive stars suggests planets might form and survive in hostile environments.

The discovery was made from NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope observations of two hypergiant stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud — the Milky Way’s nearest neighboring galaxy — by a team led by Rochester Institute of Technology Professor Joel Kastner.

Hypergiant stars are extraordinarily large and luminous, but shorter-lived by billions of years.

Samples of other coverage:


ABC News:



The Hindu (India)

National Post (Canada)



South Africa:


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