Planetary Astronomy

Avi Loeb

Avi Loeb

Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science
Former Chair, Department of Astronomy (2011-2020)
Director, Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC)

Avi Loeb is the Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science at Harvard University. He was Former  Chair (2011-2020) of the Department of Astronomy; Founding Director of Harvard's Black Hole Initiative; and Director of the Institute for Theory and Computation (ITC).

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Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, MS-51
Cambridge, MA, 02138
p: (617) 496-6808
Dimitar Sasselov

Dimitar Sasselov

Phillips Professor of Astronomy
Director, Origins of Life Initiative
Senior Advisor in the Sciences for Advanced Study

Research Interests:  Professor Sasselov studies, among other things, extrasolar planets, and he's a co-investigator on NASA's Kepler mission, which is monitoring 100,000 stars in a three-year hunt for exoplanets -- including Jupiter-sized giants. Sasselov watches for exoplanets by looking for transits, the act of a planet passing across the face of its star, dimming its light and changing its chemical signature. This simple, elegant way of searching has led to a bounty of newly discovered planets.... Read more about Dimitar Sasselov

Perkin Lab, P-336
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, MS-16
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-7451
Irwin Shapiro

Irwin Shapiro

Timken University Professor

Research Interests: Radio and radar techniques: applications to astrometry, astrophysics, geophysics, planetary physics, and tests of theories of gravitation; Pre-college and college science education: curriculum development and teacher training.... Read more about Irwin Shapiro

Perkin Lab, P-217
Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, MS-51
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 495-7300
John Lewis

John Lewis

Graduate Student

Research Interests: Observational studies of star formation, giant molecular clouds, starburst galaxies, and galaxy evolution

Center for Astrophysics
60 Garden Street, MS-10
Cambridge, MA 02138
Office: P-209
p: (617) 496-3908