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Meet Dr. Jimmy Negus

Dr. Negus completed his Ph.D. in astrophysics at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2023, and is currently a Solar Physics Research Scientist at the University of Colorado Boulder (CIRES/ NOAA affiliate). 


In his spare time, he enjoys stargazing with his 8'' Dobsonian Telescope in the Rockies and participating in astronomy outreach.


He has authored two books with Enslow Publishing - Mysteries of Space: Black Holes Explained and Mysteries of Space: Supernovas Explained. 

Former NASA Administrator:

Major General Charles F. Bolden Jr. 

Solar Physics

Currently, Dr. Negus studies solar irradiance monitors on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Series-R (GOES-R). The GOES-R spacecraft contains a suite of space weather sensors, including the Extreme Ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensor (EXIS). The EXIS instrument measures both the X-ray solar irradiance, which provides the historical solar flare classifications, with the X-ray Sensor (XRS), and the extreme ultraviolet irradiance, with the Extreme Ultraviolet Sensor (EUVS).


He also improves the in-flight calibration and validation of XRS and EUVS data, develops data tools and products for X-ray and ultraviolet time series datasets hosted at NCEI, and applies XRS and EUVS data to scientific research, all in support of NOAA’s space weather forecasting operations and the scientific community.



"The secret of life is balance, and the absence of it is life's destruction." - Bohdi Sanders


When not focused on his research, he pursues recreational activities that include:  basketball, flag football, ultimate frisbee, running, reading, writing, gardening, cooking, and photography. 


Furthermore, his travels remain a critical aspect of his lifestyle. Ventures to the Philippines, Aruba, Haiti, and across the domestic US serve as a respite from his research, in addition to providing alternating reference frames of the night sky! 

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