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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.

The Origin and Evolution of Young Binary Stars
Lisa Prato

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Lisa Prato

Most of Lisa Prato's research focusses on young stars, primarily those in binary systems, which turn out to be the majority. Most of the objects in the nearest star forming regions, Taurus, Ophiuchus, Corona Australis, etc., with ages of about 1 to a few million years, are located in bound, multiple systems. Because they are representative of young stars, it is important to understand how binaries originate, evolve, and what the chances are for circumstellar and circumbinary planet formation in such systems.

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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