Young astronomer getting worldwide attention

FORT WORTH -- He's just 11 years old, but Cannan Huey-You is already making significant contributions to astronomy.

Last week, he presented his research at the American Astronomical Society's meeting, an event often called the Superbowl of astronomy that draws scientists from across the country.

"When I first got there, they were kind of surprised I was presenting, but then they just listened to what I had to say," said Cannan.

At an age when most kids are learning multiplication tables, Cannan is doing Calculus.  He's getting ready to graduate high school, and he's studying at TCU.

For the last two years, Cannan has teamed up with Dr. Kat Barger at TCU. Together, they're researching an immense gas cloud in the Milky Way.

"2 million solar masses, 2 million times the mass of the sun," Cannan explained.

"He was able to grasp the concepts pretty quickly," said Dr. Barger.

Cannan already has a plan for his future.  He wants to be an astronaut, and says he'll probably do a double major in astrophysics and engineering in college.

"Proud is an understatement," said Claretta Kimp, Cannan's mom.

Kimp has a lot to be proud of, because Cannan's older brother Carson has similar smarts.  At age 14, he's a senior at TCU majoring in physics.

When Carson first came to campus a few years ago at 11, he was the youngest student to ever enroll in the university, and now his brother is poised to follow his lead.

"He's been able to figure things out pretty well on his own," said Carson, as he played a game of chess with his younger brother.

For their mom, who helps guide them around campus, the priority is making sure these young geniuses become good men.

"They're really good kids and I keep them grounded," she said.  "Everyone at TCU has been so loving and kind, and they understand that my boys are still children."

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