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Tim Spuck

Mr. Tim Spuck

Tim Spuck

Oil City High School, Oil City, Pennsylvania

Grades or community reached

General Public: Amateur, 9, 10, 11, 12


Mr. Spuck was part of the original Spitzer Space Telescope Research Program for Teachers and Students, and has been with the program pretty much ever since.





  • [...]These new discoveries will force scientist back to the drawing board when it comes to solar system formation and evolution models. To me that's neat. It demonstrates that just because something seems to make sense in science, that doesn't necessarily make it the case. Our models have to match the evidence we have, and that is why it is so very important that we must never stop the collection of new evidence ... we can never sit back and be comfortable in our practice of science.

  • It was very special to be in the room when the announcement of planet Kepler 10b (an estimated 1.4 X the size of the Earth) was discovered. I turned to my student Inga and asked, "How does it feel to be one of the first people on planet Earth to know about this discovery?" She replied, "I never thought of it like that ... it's pretty cool."

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