Science & Discovery 

From Centaur to comet

Doctoral student Colin Chandler’s discovery leads to the reclassification of a planetary body.

Colin Chandler is well on his way to a career as an astronomer. As part of his research in NAU’s Astronomy and Planetary Science PhD program, Chandler led a study of activity on the distant planetary object Centaur 2014 OG392—a discovery that resulted in the reclassification of the Centaur as a comet. Chandler’s work was recognized by the American Astronomical Society, which invited him to speak at their annual meeting.

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