Commonwealth Honors College senior Kevin Harrington has helped discover eight new galaxies that are among the brightest in the universe. Harrington is the lead author of the paper outlining these discoveries, which was published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society last month.
Harrington was also the subject of a recent article about this research in the Daily Hampshire Gazette. According to Harrington, the discoveries began when he traveled to Mexico in 2014 with astronomy professor Yun Min's group to study with the 50-meter diameter Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT), owned by the University of Massachusetts and the Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica. Harrington and the team layered the LMT findings with data from the Planck and Herschel satellite telescopes to discover the eight galaxies, he said.
Harrington will graduate from UMass Amherst in May with majors in astronomy and neuroscience. After graduation, Harrington will begin his doctoral studies at the Max Planck Research School for Astronomy in Germany.