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Kim Venn - Physics and Astronomy

UVic astronomer Kim Venn (physics and astronomy), the Canada Research Chair in Observational Astrophysics, is fascinated by the serendipitous chemical reactions in the universe that led to our existence.

"Our sun formed out of material that was eight billion years in the making," she marvels. "Did the chemistry in our galaxy have to be just right to make the sun, or to make the Earth habitable?"

By studying the chemistry of stars of different ages, Venn can reconstruct the formation of the elements that make up our world, and help answer the question of how we came into being.

Learn more about Venn’s research into distant stars.

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