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Nick Wright

Nick Wright

University of Hertfordshire

Nick Wright is a Royal Astronomical Society Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire. He received a Ph.D. at University College London working on Galactic Plane H-Alpha surveys and then spent 5 years at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, MA, working on X-ray studies of Cygnus OB2.

He researchs the formation and evolution of stars, clusters, and our Galaxy.  He enjoys studying the dynamics of star clusters - and is interested in the effects of feedback on the star formation process.

"My main research concerns the physical and dynamical structure of star clusters and what this can tell us about how stars and star clusters form. I use observations at a range of wavelengths from both ground and space-based observatories to study young stars in a number of different clusters and associations. Connected to this I am also interested in how feedback from massive stars affects the formation and evolution of nearby low-mass stars and their protoplanetary disks, as well as how feedback influences the dynamics of star clusters.

I am also very interested in stellar dynamos and how they evolve over time. I use data from large X-ray surveys and time-series photometric surveys to study the relationship between stellar rotation and X-ray luminosity, which offers a poweful diagnostic of the underlying dynamo process. This has particular relevance for understanding our own Sun and the influence it can have on Earth." - from home page at University of Hertfordshire.


Sara Crowdis

Sara Crowdis

STScI SASP Summer Intern

Sara Crowdis, originally from Kansas, is a 2013 graduate from Wichita State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. Her fields of interest include CCDs, digital astronomical imaging and backyard astronomy. She enjoys sports and being active along with creating things. During her 10-week internship at STScI in the summer of 2013, she worked with Office of Public Outreach designer and artist, Ann Feild, on the Hubble Science Year in Review.

Sara also contributed to the Hubble Heritage release of IRAS 20324+4057 by working on removing the many artifacts that littered the observations. These included amplifier noise mismatches, ghosts from bright stars, diffraction spikes, residual cosmic rays, and other detector artifacts. Predictable and anomalous spikes and drops in the CCD's pixels are routinely removed from public outreach images, and in the case of the Hubble Heritage image of IRAS 20324+4057, cropped from the raw data to create the final composite.