• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

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    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 2 comments on Finding Planets before They Happen

  1. What a really neat story Rich! The video and stills are great! And Dr. Espaillat is a star (please forgive the pun). Kudos to you and everyone involved. As a “backyard astronomer” I was fascinated to see inside the observatory near Flagstaff, and the telescope. Great work! Best regards,

  2. Great job! It was darkly sweet to hear of Catherine’s “not break the telescope” maxim. In marine biology it’s the boat, or robot, or a complex perspex-bound underwater instrument- but the same feeling. Explorers lead this Indiana Jones double life- one toting papers on campus where the object is to appear perfectly ordinary, the other where you routinely do things that are exceedingly cool and completely extraordinary…but will the artisans and technicians who craft the world of cool and who dwell in it 24/7 respect you as one among them,or dun you as an urban fraud? Catherine’s genuineness comes through like a neutron star’s polar beacon, focused by the magnetism of excellent storytelling. And…so THAT’s what the DCT actually looks like!

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