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Astronomer visits 4-H Fair

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Chinese astronomer Sui-Jian Xue (second from left) visited the Clay County 4-H Fair earlier this week. On hand for his visit included (from left) John Davis, Don York and Peggy Davis. [Order this photo]
Brazil welcomed a special visitor earlier this week during the 2012 Clay County 4-H Fair.

Sui-Jian Xue, a Chinese astronomer from Beijing, is on a small tour through Indiana with Don York, also an astronomer. York works with the University of Chicago, but is originally from Terre Haute.

Sui-Jian is working on a collaboration between China and the state of California involving a 30-meter telescope. Both York and Sui-Jian have worked with different telescopes around the world.

Sui-Jian once gave York a tour of China, and now York is repaying him by taking him around his state.

"He drove me all around China, so I'm driving him all around Indiana. It's not quite the same," York said.

"We are very honored to have them here," Peggy Davis, the Purdue Extension Consumer Family Science Educator for Clay and Owen Counties, said. "Don happens to be my brother-in-law, so I feel very distinguished by association."

Sui-Jian said that the exhibit hall was "cool."

"It's my first time in my life. I've never been to such a place," Sui-Jian said. "I have great expectations."

Sui-Jian was looking forward to seeing the cattle show and visiting the cattle barn.

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