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Humans of the GI: Hyunju Connor

In the office of Hyunju Connor, assistant professor of space physics.
Photo by Tiffany Thomas
Tiffany Thomas

“In high school I went to a summer camp to study astronomy. Before that, I was not really exposed to the astronomy field. At the camp they provided us with telescopes and asked us to use them to see stars and planets.

At that time, I saw Saturn and I was very amazed by its rings and that you could see it through the telescope. It was an amazing experience that was really, really beautiful. I thought, ‘I want to see continuously those beautiful pictures,’ and that's why I chose astronomy.

Since then, I've looked for more practical ways to use my knowledge, which led me to study space weather. Among all other subjects of astronomy, I feel space physics is most useful for real life.”