Jason Wright


professor of astronomy and astrophysics


  • Astronomy & Astrophysics

Focus Areas:

  • Exoplants
  • Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence
  • Space
  • Stars


  • Wright specializes in stellar astrophysics, and making precise radial velocity measurements of stars to detect the exoplanets that orbit them.
  • Wright is project scientist for NEID, a PI of NExSS, a co-PI of MINERVA, and a member of the Habitable Zone Planet Finder team.
  • Wright is the winner of the SETI Institute's 2019 Drake Award.

Jason Wright is an associate professor of astronomy and astrophysics at Penn State and a member of the Center for Exoplanets and Habitable Worlds. He is a board member and researcher in the Penn State Extraterrestrial Intelligence (PSETI) Center. Wright’s research centers around stars; their atmospheres, activity, and planets, as well as work on SETI. He finds and characterizes new planets around other stars using the Hobby-Eberly Telescope and Keck Observatory.

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