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NASA's Swift Ultraviolet/Optical Telescope
Swift/Bat Exploration Tools
Physics and Astronomy
The University of Birmingham: PhD, Astrophysics 1999
The University of Birmingham: BSc, Physics & Astrophysics 1995
Media Appearances (5)
Gastronomical science: Professional eaters hoping to watch a black hole consuming a gas cloud
International Science Times
"Astronomers around the world are eagerly awaiting the first sign that this interaction has begun," said Jamie Kennea, of Pennsylvania State University, in a NASA statement. Major League Eaters are eager, too, though Shea admitted that "it is important to remember that the mechanics of the black hole and the human esophagus are entirely different." No word on whether the professional eater known as Russ "The Black Hole" Keeler, who in September consumed 11 cannoli in five minutes, will be paying attention to the astronomical gas-eating contest...
A cosmic feast! Milky Way’s mysterious black hole set to gobble up giant gas cloud
‘Astronomers around the world are eagerly awaiting the first sign that this interaction has begun,’ said Jamie Kennea, a team member at Pennsylvania State University in University Park...
Swift catches X-ray action at Milky Way's center
"Astronomers around the world are eagerly awaiting the first sign that this interaction has begun," said Jamie Kennea, a team member at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pa. "With the invaluable help of Swift, our monitoring program may well provide that indicator."...
Cosmic glitch: Super-dense star is first ever found suddenly slowing its spin
The scientists detected the neutron star's abrupt slow-down with NASA's Swift observatory, a satellite with three telescopes whose science and flight operations are controlled by Penn State from the Mission Operations Center on the University Park campus. "Because Swift has the ability to regularly measure the spin of this unusual star, we have been able to observe its surprising evolution," said Penn State astronomer Jamie Kennea, a coauthor of the Nature paper. "This neutron star is doing something completely unexpected. Its speed of rotation has been dropping at an increasingly rapid rate ever since the initial sudden decrease in its spin."...
One of Milky Way's most recent supernovas discovered
"We don’t yet have enough information to determine what type of supernova this was and therefore what type of star exploded, but we’ve planned a further Chandra observation to improve the picture,” said coauthor Jamie Kennea, also a researcher at the Swift MOC. "We see no compelling evidence that the explosion formed a neutron star, and this is something we hope can be determined one way or the other by future work."...