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.
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.
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