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Leslie W Looney

Director - Laboratory for Astronomical Imaging, Chair, Professor of Astronomy

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I study the cutest stars - big and cuddly protostars only 10,000 to 100,000 years old, before they turn punky and begin to fuse hydrogen into helium in their core in about 1 million years. These stars are surrounded by envelopes of dust and gas that give us direct evidence of how stars form and how early planetary systems are going to form.