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NORTHRIDGE : High School Astronomer Places in National Contest

A Los Angeles-area high school student placed fourth in the Astronomical League’s second annual National Outstanding Young Astronomer Award competition, it was announced Monday.

Charles Jason (Chuck) Foster, 15, of Northridge, attends Chaminade College Preparatory School in West Hills.

He performed research into the “necroovoviviparity"--or egg survivability--of brine shrimp under conditions approximating conditions in the solar system, Astronomical League President James Fox said.

Foster also completed a project duplicating the development of galaxy structures, Foster said. The competition recognizes the nation’s top high school amateur astronomers.

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“He didn’t expect to win anything,” said his father, Robert Foster. “He got the news and he just flipped out.”


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