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Julia Fang
Julia Fang is an astronomer, planetary scientist, and graduate student at UCLA where she is a NASA Earth and Space Sciences Graduate Fellow. The focus of her research is the study of interactions in multi-body systems: rocky asteroids with moonlets, icy dwarf planets with satellites, and multi-planet systems orbiting stars other than our Sun. She works at the intersection between observation and theory, and she actively publishes papers and is a peer reviewer for professional journals. When not actively exploring the universe, in her free time she posts about planetary-related news on her Twitter account, enjoys public outreach as part of the award-winning "Astronomy Live!" group, and works on educational curriculum development for non-major astronomy courses at UCLA.

Julia was born in New York. She moved to Los Angeles with her family when she was six, where she grew up in a sleepy suburb called Walnut. For college she attended Northwestern University and majored in physics, and after graduation she moved back to Los Angeles to attend graduate school at UCLA.

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Other Solar Systems: Flatter Than Pancakes but Thicker Than Crepes

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 10:23 AM

Located in an Earth-trailing orbit around the Sun, a nifty spacecraft called Kepler is part of NASA's mission to look for Earth-sized planets around other stars. The Kepler spacecraft has just one main task: it stares at hundreds of thousands of stars, nearly continuously, without pausing to blink.

Since the...

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