When Steve Reynolds came to NC State in 1985, he was the only astrophysics professor at the university. Today, astrophysics at NC State is among the nation’s premier research clusters on supernovae and their remnants, thanks in large part to the group’s founding member.
In 2008, Reynolds discovered the remains of the most recent supernova in the Milky Way galaxy. In recent years, he has been part of a select team of scientists helping to interpret some of the first supernova data collected by the powerful NuSTAR satellite, which is providing new information about the structure of these giant exploding stars. Here’s a look around his office in Riddick Hall.