I am Connor O’Brien, a first year astronomy graduate student at Boston University’s Center for Space Physics. I study Earth’s magnetosphere and the near-Earth plasma environment using space-based x-ray imaging and detection hardware. I currently work with professor Brian Walsh, where I support small satellite/lander missions CuPID and LEXI and develop machine learning tools for the space physics community. For more information on these and other projects I am a part of, please visit my research page, the BU Space Physics and Technology Lab site, or email me at obrienco (at) bu (dot) edu.

Header Image: Artist’s rendition of a dense plasma plume streaming from the Earth towards the sun. Illustration based on Walsh et al., [2014] study. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center