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Astronomer of the Month: Tim Hamilton

2 Oct 2015, 15:00 UTC
Astronomer of the Month: Tim Hamilton
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Each month we will highlight a member of the CANDELS team by presenting an interview introducing them and what it's like to be an astronomer. This month's Astronomer is Tim Hamilton.I'm Tim Hamilton, a professor at Ohio's Shawnee State University. In addition to my research, I teach physics and astronomy, and I run the university's Clyde W. Clark Planetarium. I'm a hillbilly from the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee, where I grew up on a small farm (mostly forest, actually) bordering the national park. We have a wonderful view of the skies from the pasture, where we'd sometimes take a blanket and a thermos of hot chocolate and lie out to watch the stars. It's dark enough there to see even some globular clusters (a kind of star cluster) with the naked eye, and the Milky Way really stands out well. That was probably what made me interested in astronomy, although I never  became much of an "amateur astronomer" -- no telescopes or astrophotography as a kid. I went to Rhodes College, where I majored in physics. At the time, our program there was geared towards astronomy. Almost all of the physics professors were astronomers, and that gave me my big ...

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