August 23, 2023

Available space podcast: A look into NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope with astronomer and star expert Danny Milisavljevic

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Astronomer and stellar life cycle expert Danny Milisavljevic is an associate professor of physics and astronomy in Purdue University’s College of Science. His work, which has been featured on “60 Minutes” and other national outlets, includes leading an international research team to explore a remnant of a supernova explosion in the Milky Way, Cassiopeia A, with NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.

A 45-minute podcast features him talking about the science, the research and the wonder that peering back billions of years and across unthinkable light-years brings. Milisavljevic’s “This Is Purdue” podcast episode is here and available for media to post, share or include in their content.

“This was a transformational moment in the history of human civilization,” Milisavljevic said. “We’re so familiar with our naked eye looking up at the stars at night ... but now with James Webb (Space Telescope) using infrared light, we’re seeing ... billions of galaxies everywhere.” 

Milisavljevic’s love of space dates back to his days as a crayon-wielding kid writing up an elementary school report on the solar system. Combined with his research in school library encyclopedias, the illustrations he created gave him a sense of being able to touch and understand these far-off planets.

Watch or listen to Milisavljevic’s “This Is Purdue” podcast episode here.

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