Department of Physics

Asteroid named for USM Physics Professor

USM Professor Julie Ziffer was recently recognized by the International Astronomical Union for all her work in Asteroid research, by having Asteroid 7909 named after her. 

Ziffer is an Assistant Professor of Physics, who has been studying and researching asteroids in our Solar System for the past couple years. Focusing more on asteroids made of ice rather than rock. 

Edward D. Murphy, of The Portland Press Herald, quoted Ziffer as saying: It's not on a collision course with Earth -- that's one of the first things I checked. It's like, you don't want a hurricane named after you."


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