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Dr. Henry Winter

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Cambridge, MA

Dr. Winter is an astrophysicist working for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). Dr. Winter has worked on eight NASA missions observing the Sun with varied duties such as designing optics, analyzing complex data sets, instrument calibration, planning observations, and designing software to automatically detect features in big data streams. His primary research focus is improving computer simulations to explore how energy is released in the Sun’s atmosphere, the corona, and in other stars. Doctor Winter also designs video wall exhibits that bring the wonder and beauty of the Sun and the universe to public. His exhibits have been featured at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the National Air and Space Museum, North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library, and the Harvard Art Museums’ Lightbox Gallery. His current project, Eclipse Soundscapes (EclipseSoundscapes.org), designed and built unique tools that brought the awe and wonder of the August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse to people who are blind and visually impaired. Trae is also a member of the Museum of Science Fiction’s Board of Advisors.