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Late UC Santa Barbara Astrophysicist Receives Cosmic Honor

A late UC Santa Barbara astrophysicist who was a pioneer in planetary dynamics, and correctly predicted volcanic eruptions on one of Jupiter’s moon has received one of the field’s highest honors.

Dr. Stanton Peale is being honored with the American Astronomical Society’s 2016 Gerard P. Kulper Prize for his outstanding contributions to the field. Peale was well known for his research and contributions to areas like the study of planetary interiors, and the search for extrasolar planetary systems. He has an asteroid named after him because of his achievements.

Peale died in 2015.

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