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Lowell's astronomers carry out research in areas spanning much of modern astrophysics, from studies of tiny icy objects in our own solar system to the structure of distant galaxies. Meet our scientists and learn more about our diverse programs here.

Deidre Hunter

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Deidre Hunter

Dr. Hunter is interested in the physical processes taking place inside the tiniest galaxies in the Universe, the dwarf irregular galaxies. These galaxies are the most common in the Universe and in current models formed first after the Big Bang and became the building blocks of giant spirals. Dr. Hunter is also interested in the extreme outer edges of irregulars. As you go from the center of a galaxy outward, the density of stars drops. But, how do the stars and gas drop off, where do they end, and what has been the star formation history out there? Dr. Hunter is obtaining very deep images to trace the stars in the outer parts and deep radio maps to trace the gas.

Select a program from the list below to read more about it.

Asteroids that go bump in the night

Physical properties of comets

Icy Bodies in the outer solar system

Titan and the Kuiper Belt

Searching for Kuiper Belt Objects

The Transatlantic Exoplanet Survey

Extrasolar planet atmospheres

New solar systems

The rotation of stars

The orbits of binary stars

A stellar census of nearby galaxies


SOFIA and Kepler

The Sun and Earth's climate

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