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Marina Orio

Marina Orio

Expert on astronomy, stellar physics, white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes, eruptive binary stars.

Senior visiting scientist, astronomy College of Letters and Science Work: 608-262-9387 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Staff member, Italian Institute of Astrophysics-Padova Observatory since its beginnings.
  • Extreme phenomena in astrophysics, eruption, explosions.
  • Management of science in Europe, differences with science management in the United States.
  • The origin of the "type Ia supernovae", supernovae from white dwarfs in binary stars, important distance indicators and crucial in the discovery of "dark energy".


  • PI of scientific projects with all 8 satellites with X-rays telescopes since the early 1990's, and with other satellites observing in ultraviolet.
  • Observer with the SALT telescope, located in South Africa. Currently building a collaboration with South African astrophysicists.
  • Member, WIYN (Wisconsin-Indiana-Yale-NOAO) telescope scientific steering committee.