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Curriculum Vitae

A PDF version of my cv [Last updated 10-21-2013]

Personal Information

Name:Matthew Manning Knight
Address:




Lowell Observatory*
1400 W. Mars Hill Rd.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
U.S.A.
Phone:(928) 774-3358
Fax:(928) 774-6296
Home page:http://www2.lowell.edu/users/knight/index.html
Email:
Citizenship:USA
* Note that as of June 2011 I am primarily residing in Maryland and have offices at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and the University of Maryland. However, my primary mailing address remains at Lowell Observatory.

Education

Graduate: Ph.D. Astronomy, University of Maryland -- 2008 [My dissertation (PDF)] [ADS]
M.S. Astronomy, University of Maryland -- 2003
Undergraduate: B.S. Physics with Distinction, University of Virginia -- 2000

Research Experience

2012-present Assistant Research Scientist, Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ
2008-2012 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, AZ
2002-2008 Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Astronomy, University of Maryland
1999 REU, Department of Physics & Astronomy, University of New Mexico
1998 Undergraduate Research Assistant, Department of Physics, University of Virginia

Successful Funding Proposals

  1. "Quantitative Studies of Comet Comae and Nuclei" PI: D. Schleicher. Role: Co-I. Commitment: 6.0 mo/yr for 4 years. Funded by NASA Planetary Astronomy Program, 2013.
  2. "Modeling Jet Morphologies in the Comae of Comets 103P/Hartley 2 and Lulin (2007 N3)" PI: D. Schleicher. Role: Co-I. Commitment: 2.0 mo/yr for 3 yr. Funded by NASA Planetary Atmospheres Program, 2013.
  3. "Imaging Polarimetry of the 2013 Comet ISON with ACS: A Study of the Heterogeneous Coma" PI: D. Hines. Role: Co-I. Commitment: 2.0 mo/yr for 1 year. Funded by Space Telescope Science Institute, 2013.
  4. "Hubble Imaging of the Nucleus of Comet ISON" PI: P. Lamy. Role: Co-I. Commitment: 1.0 mo/yr for 1 year. Funded by Space Telescope Science Institute, 2013.
  5. "The First Pre-Perihelion Nucleus Size Measurement of a Sungrazing Comet, C/2012 S1 (ISON)" PI: J.-Y. Li. Role: Co-I. Commitment: 0.5 mo/yr for 1 year. Funded by Space Telescope Science Institute, 2013.
  6. "The Science of Near-Sun Comets" PI: G. Jones. Role: Co-I. Commitment: support for two 1-week workshops. Funded by International Space Science Institute, 2013.
  7. "Investigations of Comets Observed by SOHO and STEREO" PI: M. M. Knight. Role: PI. Commitment: 4.8 mo/yr for 3 years. Funded by NASA Outer Planets Research, 2012.
  8. "High Spatial Resolution Photometric Imaging of the Area Around the Nucleus of C/2011 W3 Lovejoy" PI: M. M. Knight. Role: PI. Commitment: 0.75 mo/yr for 1 year. Funded by Space Telescope Science Institute, 2012.
  9. "Finding Interior Earth Objects in STEREO data" PI: C.I. Fuentes. Role: Co-I. Commitment: 0.0 mo/yr for 3 years. Funded by NASA Near Earth Object Observations Program, 2011.
  10. "Quantitative Analyses of Gas and Dust Coma Morphologies in Comets". PI: D.G. Schleicher. Role: Postdoc. Commitment: 6.6 mo/yr for 3 years. Funded by NASA Planetary Astronomy Program, 2010.
  11. "Study of Sungrazing Comets Observed by SOHO and STEREO". PI: M.M. Knight. Role: PI. Commitment: 4 mo/yr for 3 years. Funded by NASA Planetary Mission and Data Analysis Program, 2009.
  12. "Groundbased Cometary Studies". PI: D.G. Schleicher. Role: Postdoc. Commitment: 1.4 mo/yr for 3 years. Funded by NASA Planetary Astronomy Program, 2008.
  13. "Studies of SOHO Comets". PI: M.F. A'Hearn. Role: Graduate Student. Commitment: 12 mo/yr for 3 years. Funded by NASA Planetary Atmospheres Program, 2005.

Invited Talks

  1. Committee on Space Research (COSPAR), Moscow, Russia (scheduled: August 2014)
  2. Asteroids, Comets, Meteors Conference (ACM), Helsinki, Finland (scheduled: July 2014)
  3. Purdue University, Lafayette, IN (April 2014)
  4. Max Planck, Gottingen, Germany (February 2014)
  5. European Space Agency, Noordwijk, Netherlands (February 2014)
  6. University of Toledo, Toledo, OH (February 2014)
  7. Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, AZ (November 2013)
  8. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Colloquium, Greenbelt, MD (October 2013)
  9. Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, CO (May 2013)
  10. Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, University of Colorado Boulder (May 2013)
  11. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Heliophysics Science Division, Greenbelt, MD (April 2013)
  12. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD (November 2012)
  13. Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institute of Washington, Washington D.C. (January 2008, December 2011)
  14. Lowell Observatory, NAU Dept of Physics/Astronomy, US Naval Observatory Joint Colloquium, Flagstaff, AZ (April 2009, June 2013)
  15. NASA Challenger Center, Alexandria, VA (December 2003)

Refereed Publications

References and citation count according to Google scholar.
  1. Knight, M.M., Battams, K. 2014. Preliminary Analysis of SOHO/STEREO Observations of Sungrazing Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) Around Perihelion. ApJ, 782, L37 (5pp). [arXiv] [ADS]
  2. Knight, M.M., Walsh, K.J. 2013. Will Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) Survive Perihelion? ApJ, 776, L5 (5pp). [arXiv] [ADS]
  3. Schleicher, D.G., Knight, M.M., Levine, S.E. 2013. The Nucleus of Comet 10P/Tempel 2 in 2013 and Consequences Regarding Its Rotational State: Early Science from the Discovery Channel Telescope. AJ, 146:137 (8pp). [arXiv][ADS]
  4. Li, J.-Y., Kelley, M.S.P., Knight, M.M., Farnham, T.L., Weaver, H.A., A'Hearn, M.F., Mutchler, M.J., Kolokolova, L., Lamy, P., Toth, I. 2013. Characterizing the Dust Coma of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) at 4.15 AU from the Sun. ApJ, 779, L3. [arXiv][ADS]
  5. Hines, D.C., Videen, G., Zubko, E., Muinonen, K., Shkuratov, Y., Kaydaash, V.G., Knight, M.M., Sitko, M.L., Lisse, C.M., Mutchler, M., Hammer, D., Yanamandra-Fisher, P.A. 2013. Hubble Space Telescope Pre-Perihelion ACS/WFC Imaging Polarimetry of Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) at 3.81 AU. ApJ, 780, L32 (6pp). [arXiv][ADS]
  6. Lamy, P., Faury, G., Llebaria, A., Knight, M., A'Hearn, M.F., Battams, K. 2013. Sunskirting Comets Discovered with the LASCO Coronagraphs Over the Decade 1996-2008. Icarus, 226, 1350-1398 [ADS]
  7. Knight, M.M., Schleicher, D.G. 2013. The Highly Unusual Outgassing of Comet 103P/Hartley 2 from Narrowband Photometry and Imaging of the Coma. Icarus, 222, 691-706. [pre-print][Icarus][ADS]
  8. Lisse, C.M., Christian, D.J., Wolk, S., Dennerl, K., Bodewits, D., Combi, M.R., Lepri, S.T., Zurbuchen, T.H., Dello Russo, N., Belton, M.J.S., Knight, M.M. 2013. Chandra ACIS-S Imaging Spectroscopy of Rotationally Modulated X-ray Emission From Comet 103P/Hartley 2 During the EPOXI Encounter. Icarus, 222, 752-765. [Icarus][ADS]
  9. Knight, M.M., Schleicher, D.G., Farnham, T.L., Schwieterman, E.W., Christensen, S.R. 2012. A Quarter-Century of Observations of Comet 10P/Tempel 2 at Lowell Observatory: Continued Spin-Down, Coma Morphology, Production Rates, and Numerical Modeling. The Astronomical Journal, 144:153 (25pp). [pre-print][ADS]
  10. Hsieh, H.H., and 38 colleagues (including Knight, M.M.). 2011. Observational and Dynamical Characterization of Main-Belt Comet P/2010 R2 (La Sagra). The Astronomical Journal 143:104 (16pp) [ADS][pre-print]
  11. Knight, M.M., Schleicher, D.G. 2011. CN Morphology Studies of Comet 103P/Hartley 2. The Astronomical Journal 141:183 (14pp). [ADS] [pre-print] [AJ Cover]
  12. Meech, K.J., and 191 colleagues (including Knight, M.M.). 2011. EPOXI: Observations from a Worldwide Earth-Based Campaign. The Astrophysical Journal Letters 734:L1 (9pp). [ADS]
  13. Knight, M.M., Farnham, T.L., Schleicher, D.G., Schwieterman, E.W. 2011. The Increasing Rotation Period of Comet 10P/Tempel 2. The Astronomical Journal 141:2 (14pp) [ADS][pre-print]
  14. Knight, M.M., A'Hearn, M.F., Biesecker, D.A., Faury, G., Hamilton, D.P., Lamy, P., Llebaria, A. 2010. Photometric Study of the Kreutz Comets Observed by SOHO from 1996-2005. The Astronomical Journal 139, 926-949. [ADS][reprint]
  15. Farnham, T.L., Samarasinha, N.H., Mueller, B.E.A., Knight, M.M. 2007. Cyanogen Jets and the Rotation State of Comet Machholz (C/2004 Q2). The Astronomical Journal, 133, 2001-2007. [ADS][reprint]
  16. Knight, M.M., Walsh, K.J., A'Hearn, M.F., Swaters, R.A., Zauderer, B.A., Samarasinha, N., Vasquez, R., Reitsema, H. 2007. Ground-based Visible and Near-IR Observations of Comet 9P/Tempel 1 During the Deep Impact Encounter. Icarus 187, 199-207. [ADS][reprint] Also published in the Deep Impact at Comet Tempel 1 book (M.F. A'Hearn and M.R. Combi editors), Icarus 191, 403-411. [ADS]
  17. Meech, K. J., and 207 colleagues (including M. Knight). 2005. Deep Impact: Observations from a Worldwide Earth-Based Campaign. Science, 310, 265-269. [ADS]

IAU Circulars & Central Bureau Electronic Telegrams

  1. Knight, M. 2013. Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON). CBET 3731. [ADS]
  2. Lisse, C.M., Vervack, R.J., Weaver, H.A., Bauer, J.M., Fernandez, Y.R., Kelley, M.S.P., Knight, M.M., Hines, D., Li, J.-Y., Reach, W., Sitko, M.L., Yanamandra-Fisher, P.A. 2013. Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON). CBET 3598. [ADS]
  3. Li, J.-Y., Weaver, H.A., Kelley, M.S., A'Hearn, M.F., Farnham, T.L., Knight, M., Mutchler, M.J., Lamy, P., Toth, I. 2013. Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON). CBET 3496. [ADS]
  4. Knight, M., Schleicher, D. 2010. Comet 103P/Hartley. IAU Circ. 9175. [ADS]
  5. Knight, M., Schleicher, D. 2010. Comet 103P/Hartley. IAU CBET 2512. [ADS]
  6. Knight, M., Schwieterman, E., Schleicher, D. 2010. Comet 103P/Hartley. IAU Circ. 9163. [ADS] [Also CBET 2418 -- subscription required].
  7. Knight, M.. 2010. Comet C/2010 H3 (SOHO). IAU Circ. 9138. [ADS] [Also CBET 2256]
  8. Knight, M. and Schleicher, D. 2009. Comet C/2007 N3 (Lulin). IAU Circ. 9025. [ADS]
  9. Knight, M. 2007. P/2007 R5 = 1999 R1 = 2003 R5 (SOHO). IAU Circ. 8872. [ADS]

Refereed Archived Datasets

  1. Knight, M.M. 2009. "SOHO LASCO Comet Photometry V1.0", NASA Planetary Data System, SOHO-C-LASCO-5-KREUTZPHOTOM-V1.0 [PDS holding][ADS]
  2. Knight, M.M. 2008. "SOHO LASCO COMET IMAGES V1.0", NASA Planetary Data System, SOHO-C-LASCO-4-COMETIMAGES-V1.0 [PDS holding][ADS]
  3. Knight, M.M. 2007. "Near-infrared images of comet 9P/Tempel 1 V1.0", NASA Planetary Data System, DI/EAR-C-SQIID-3-9PNIRIMAGES-V1.0 [PDS holding][ADS]

Published Abstracts and Conference Proceedings

[I have more than 40 published abstracts and conference proceedings. Click here for a full list]



Observing Experience

Discovery Channel Telescope (Lowell 4.3-m) Flagstaff, AZ: 17 nights imaging comets in broadband optical filters
Hubble Space Telescope 13 orbits of imaging and spectroscopy of comets in optical and UV wavelengths (22 more orbits approved)
Spitzer Space Telescope 28.0 hr imaging comets in thermal-IR wavelengths
Swift 2 orbits imaging comets in UV and optical wavelengths
Lowell 42in Flagstaff, AZ: 110+ nights imaging comets in broadband and narrowband optical filters
Lowell 31in (robotic mode) Flagstaff, AZ: 70+ nights imaging comets in broadband and narrowband optical filters
Lowell 72in Flagstaff, AZ: 2 night imaging comets in broadband and narrowband optical filters
KPNO 4m Kitt Peak, AZ: 9 nights surveying for Kreutz sungrazing comets and imaging comets in optical wavelengths
KPNO 2.1m Kitt Peak, AZ: 26 nights imaging comets in optical and near-IR wavelengths
McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope Kitt Peak, AZ: 17 days acquiring spectra of comets and Mercury in optical wavelengths
Las Cumbres Observatory multiple locations: 14 nights imaging comets in optical wavelengths

Successful External Telescope Proposals

  1. "Synoptic Observations of Comet ISON" PI: T. Lister. Role: Co-I. Telescope: Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network. Time awarded: 36 hr.
  2. "Perihelion Observations of Dynamically New Sungrazing Comet ISON/Observations of Io and the Plasma Torus" PI: J. Morgenthaler. Role: Co-I. Telescope: McMath-Pierce Solar Telescope. Time awarded: 12 days and nights.
  3. "Hubble Imaging of the Nucleus of Comet ISON" PI: P. Lamy. Role: Co-I. Telescope: Hubble. Time awarded: 12 orbits. Cycle 21 GO. [HST]
  4. "Imaging Polarimetry of the 2013 Comet ISON with ACS: A Study of the Heterogeneous Coma" PI: D. Hines. Role: Co-I. Telescope: Hubble. Time awarded: 12 orbits. Cycle 21 GO. [HST]
  5. "Warm Spitzer Characterization of Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON)" PI: C. Lisse. Role: Co-I. Telescope: Spitzer. Time awarded: 24 hours. Cycle 9 DDT. [Spitzer]
  6. "The First Pre-Perihelion Nucleus Size Measurement of a Sungrazing Comet, C/2012 S1 (ISON)" PI: J.-Y. Li. Role: Co-I. Telescope: Hubble. Time awarded: 3 orbits. Cycle 20 DDT. [HST]
  7. "Imaging Polarimetry of the 2013 Comet ISON with ACS: A Pre-Perihelion Study of the Heterogeneous Coma" PI: D. Hines. Role: Co-I. Telescope: Hubble. Time awarded: 2 orbits. Cycle 20 DDT. [HST]
  8. "Distant Activity of Comet ISON" PI: M. A'Hearn. Role: Co-I. Telescope: Hubble. Time awarded: 5 orbits. Cycle 20 DDT. [HST]
  9. "Is There Any Water Left in Sungrazing Comet C/2011 W3 Lovejoy?" PI: M. Knight. Telescope: Swift. Time awarded: 2 orbits. January 2012. [Spitzer]
  10. "The First Detailed IR Observations of a Sungrazing Comet: C/2011 W3 Lovejoy". PI: M. Knight. Telescope: Spitzer Space Telescope. Time awarded: 4 hours. Cycle 8 DDT. [Spitzer]
  11. "High Spatial Resolution Photometric Imaging of the Area Around the Nucleus of C/2011 W3 Lovejoy". PI: M. Knight. Instrument: Hubble Space Telescope. Time awarded: 1 orbit. Cycle 19 DDT. [HST]
  12. "Submillimetre spectroscopy of sungrazing/Kreutz comets". PI: M. Drahus. Role: Co-I. Instrument: JCMT. Time: 20 hr. Semester: 2011B.
  13. "A Pilot Study of the Sungrazing Kreutz Comets". PI: M. Drahus. Role: Co-I. Instrument: IRAM 30-m. Time: 11.5 hr. Semester: 2011B.

Professional Experience

  1. Referee for The Astronomical Journal, The Astrophysical Journal, ApJ Letters, Icarus, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Nature, Planetary and Space Science, Science [13 manuscripts since 2008]
  2. Referee for Origins of the Expanding Universe (conference proceedings)
  3. Review panelist for NASA Discovery Mission, NASA Planetary Atmospheres, PDS Small Bodies Node
  4. External reviewer for NASA Planetary Atmospheres, NASA Planetary Mission Data Analysis, NASA Outer Planets Research, NASA Origins, CCI International Time Programmes, CFHT CanTAC
  5. International Space Science Institute (ISSI) International Team member for "The Science of Near-Sun Comets," Bern, Switzerland, March 3-8, 2014 [ISSI]
  6. Member of NASA's Comet ISON Observing Campaign team, 2013
  7. Member of NASA's Coordinated Investigations of Comets team, 2013-2014.
  8. Co-organizer of Comet ISON Morphology Professional-Amateur collaboration, 2013
  9. Co-organizer of Comet ISON Post-Perihelion Tag-up Workshop, Laurel, MD, December 6, 2013
  10. Co-organizer of Comet ISON Observer's Workshop, Laurel, MD, August 1-2, 2013
  11. Convener of AGU Special Session Sun-Grazing Comets as Solar Probes: What Goes on Behind the Occulter Disk? Fall 2012
  12. Scientific Organizing Committee for Comet Lovejoy Workshop, Boulder, CO, March 21-22, 2012
  13. Co-organizer of 103P/Hartley 2 Rotation Workshop April 2011
  14. Session chair for AAS Division of Planetary Sciences meeting, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, American Geophysical Union meeting
  15. Maintenance of Named Comets website for Committee on Small Body Nomenclature, IAU Division III, 2002-2008

Leadership Activities

  1. Colloquium co-Organizer, Lowell Observatory (2010-2011)
  2. Website Working Group, Lowell Observatory (2009)
  3. Graduate student president, UMD Department of Astronomy (2000-2008)
  4. Captain, UMD Astronomy Department intramural soccer, basketball, and football teams (2001-2008)
  5. Student representative, UMD Astronomy Department Graduate Curriculum Review Committee (2003)
  6. Student representative, UMD Astronomy Department Chair Search Committee (2002)

Honors/Awards

  1. NASA achievement award, Comet ISON Observing Campaign team (2013)
  2. Gold Prize, Spotlight on Graduate Research Competition, University of Maryland (2007)
  3. Travel Grant, 35th SAAS-Fee Advanced Course (2005)
  4. Center for Teaching Excellence Outstanding Teaching Assistant (2001, 2002)
  5. Department of Astronomy Outstanding Teaching Assistant (2001, 2002)

Public Talks

  1. "Preparing for an observing run," Career Paths/Survival Skills Seminar, University of Maryland (October 2013)
  2. "Near-Sun Comets Observed by SOHO and STEREO...and Comet ISON," Planetary Astronomy Lunchtime Seminar, University of Maryland, January 2013 (14 additional talks 2002-2013)
  3. "Death Defying Comet Lovejoy," Observatory Open House Lecture, University of Maryland, February 2012 (3 additional talks 2004-2012)
  4. "An Introduction to Sungrazing Comets," NAU Outer Solar System Lunch, Flagstaff, AZ (January 2012)
  5. "Chasing Comet Lulin," Lowell Observatory Advisory Board meeting, Flagstaff, AZ (June 2009)
  6. "Studies of SOHO Comets," Astronomy Unjournal Club, University of Maryland, Spring 2008 (4 additional talks 2002-2008)
  7. "Recent Evolution of the Kracht Group of Comets," Spotlight on Graduate Research, University of Maryland (December 2007)
  8. "How Well Do We Understand the Cometary Hazard?" Graduate Research Interaction Day, University of Maryland (April 2003)
  9. "Comets Observed with SOHO/LASCO," Intel/Hayden Planetarium student visit to University of Maryland (March 2003)

Teaching and Outreach

  1. Judge, Lakeland Middle School (Baltimore, MD) science fair (2014)
  2. Reddit "Ask Me Anything", [Comet ISON pre-perihelion][Comet ISON post-perihelion]
  3. Visiting teacher, Baltimore ProjectASTRO (2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014)
  4. Public program volunteer, Lowell Observary (2010-2011)
  5. Visiting teacher, Lowell Observatory-Navajo/Hopi outreach program (2009-2010)
  6. Mentor, Northern Arizona University REU program (2009)
  7. College Park Scholars Astronomy/Geology spring break trip (guide at Lowell) (2009, 2011)
  8. Maryland Day Volunteer, University of Maryland (2001-2007)
  9. Math/science substitute teacher, Henrico County, Virginia (2001)
  10. Graduate Assistant, University of Maryland Observatory (2000-2008)
  11. Teaching Assistant, ASTR 100 "Introduction to Astronomy", University of Maryland (Fall 2000-Spring 2002)

Advising Experience

  1. Michaela Fendrock, Wellesley College undergraduate student (January 2013) Lightcurve analysis of comets 10P/Tempel 2 and 103P/Hartley 2
  2. Samantha Christensen, Lowell Observatory research assistant (2011-current) Supervised image processing and analysis of comets 10P/Tempel 2 and 103P/Hartley 2. Resulted in a refereed publication
  3. Eddie Schwieterman, current University of Washington graduate student, former Florida Institute of Technology undergraduate student (summer 2009, 2010) Supervised photometric reductions, image processing, and analysis of comet 10P/Tempel 2; trained in optical ground-based observing. Resulted in two refereed publications
  4. Jason Begun, University of Maryland undergraduate student (2009-2012) Supervised photometric reductions of sungrazing comets and maintainence of comet discovery database and website

Technical Skills

  1. Astronomical techniques: Planning and executing observations (optical/near-IR), Data reduction and analysis (optical/near-IR), Image enhancement, Data mining (SOHO, STEREO), Dynamical modeling (HNBody), Numerical modeling (DataDesk)
  2. Astronomical software: IRAF (optical/IR), DS9
  3. Programming languages: IDL, C, HTML, Awk, Unix shell scripts
  4. Other software: plotting (Supermongo), Spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel, OpenOffice), Word Processing (Microsoft Word, LaTeX), Operating systems (Mac OS X, Windows, Linux/Unix)

Additional Training/Workshops

  1. Cometary Radio Astronomy Workshop (2010) [webpage]
  2. 35th SAAS-Fee Advanced Course on Trans-Neptunian Objects and Comets (2005) [book]
  3. Kitt Peak Summer School, University of Maryland (2004)
  4. BIMA Summer School (2001)

Memberships

  1. International Astronomical Union
  2. American Astronomical Society
  3. Division for Planetary Sciences of American Astronomical Society
  4. Historical Astronomy Division of American Astronomical Society

Popular Articles

  1. Knight, M. 2013. "The Science of Comets" Astronomy Magazine, November 2013 [cover story]
  2. Knight, M. 2013. Comet ISON Observing Campaign Blog [article index] "Why does ISON look green?" reposted on The Planetary Society [Guest blog]
  3. Knight, M. 2012. "Could we detect a comet or asteroid hitting the Sun?" Astronomy Magazine, December 2012 [subscription required to read whole article].
  4. Knight, M. 2012. "Comet Lovejoy," Lowell Observer, June 2012.
  5. Knight, M. 2011. "The Survival of Comet Lovejoy (C/2011 W3), A Once in a Generation Event," Lowell Observatory Blog [Link]
  6. Knight, M. 2009. "Comet Lulin Zooming By Us," Lowell Observer, December 2009. [PDF]
  7. Knight, M. 2009. Baseball Prospectus Idol competition. [Author Index],[#6],[#5],[#4],[#3],[#2],[#1]
  8. Knight, M.M. 2006. "Sungrazing Comets", Zenit (The Netherlands), February 2006 issue, 56-61.

Selected Media Coverage

  1. Comet ISON (2013-2014)
    TV:
    --"Comet of the Century" BBC Horizons, December 2013
    --"Supercomet ISON 2013" Science Channel, December 2013
    --NHK Japan, December 2013 [no link known]
    Radio/podcast:
    --"Life and Legacy of ISON" Voice of America News, December 2013 [Segment begins at 17:37 mark]
    --BBC radio, November 29, 2013 [no link known]
    --"Newshour: Comet ISON grazes the Sun" BBC radio, November 28, 2013
    --"Comet ISON is coming!" The Naked Scientist podcast, October 2013
    Print:
    --"Death of a comet" Nature, February 2014
    --"What Happened to Comet ISON?" NASA Science News, December 2013
    --"Thanksgiving Comet Gets Gobbled Up" The Wall Street Journal, November 2013
    --"Scientists baffled by new picures of Comet ISON" CBS News, November 2013
    --"Close Encounters," Wired Magazine, November 2013, p. 110 [print edition]
    --"Komeetta ISON Jannitysta viimeiseen asti," Tahdet Ja Avaruus (Finland), November 2013, p. 68 [print edition]
    --"Latest Updates on Comet ISON" Sky and Telescope, November 2013
    --"Comet ISON puts on a show. Will it survive its solar flyby?" Christian Science Monitor, November 2013
    --"Comet from the Oort Cloud Careens toward the Sun" Scientific American, November 2013
    --"Oort cloud tosses astronomers a cometary curveball" Science News, October 2013
    --"Comet expected to survive close Sun encounter" Nature, October 2013
    --"ISON's chances for survival 50/50" Sky and Telescope, October 2013
    --"Comet ISON likely to survive solar plunge" Discovery News, October 2013
    --"New data: will Comet ISON survive its close perihelion passage?" Universe Today, October 2013
    --"Amateur Astronomers See Comet ISON" NASA Science News, September 2013
    --"Comet ISON: Sparkle or Fade?" Telescope.com, September 2013
    --"Mighty Comet ISON: Space and Earth Telescopes to Track 'Comet of the Century'" Space.com, August 2013. Also appeared on NBC news
    --"Rumors of Comet ISON 'Fizzling' May be Greatly Exaggerated" The Universe Today, July 2013
    --"Hubble Captures Comet ISON" NASA press release, April 2013
    --"NASA's Swift Sizes Up Comet ISON" NASA press release, March 2013
    --"Comet of the Century?" NASA Science News, January 2013 [video version]. Also picked up by a number of other websites.

  2. Discovery Channel Telescope/Comet 10P/Tempel 2 (2013)
    --"Arizona's oldest observatory has first results from its newest telescope" Arizona Daily Star (Tucson), October 2013
    --"Lowell's Discovery Channel Telescope marks milestone"Arizona Daily Sun (Flagstaff)

  3. C/2011 L4 Pan-STARRS (2013)
    --"Sunset Comet" NASA Science News, March 2013 [video version].
    --"A possible Naked-Eye Comet in March" NASA Science News, March 2013 [video version]. Also picked up by a number of other websites.

  4. Comets (general) (2013)
    --"Why You'll Never Seen a Red Comet Like in Game of Thrones" The Universe Today, March 2013

  5. C/2011 N3 SOHO (2012)
    --"Solar Swan Song: NASA Satellite Witnesses a Comet's Plunge into the Sun" Scientific American, January 2012
    "Some Comets Like It Hot" NASA Science News, January 2012 [video version].

  6. C/2011 W3 Lovejoy (2011)
    --"Comet Lovejoy Plunges into the Sun and Survives" NASA Science News, December 2011

  7. EPOXI/Hartley 2 (2011)
    --"Hyperactive Hartley 2 Has a Split History" EPSC-DPS press release, October 2011. Also picked up by a number of other websites.

  8. Sungrazing comets (general) (2011)
    --"Arvoituksellinen pikkukomeettojen myrsky alkoi Jättiläinen tulossa?" [in Finnish], Tahdet ja avaruus (Stars and Space), Spring 2011
    --"Sundiving Comet Storm" NASA Science News, January 2011. Also picked up in various forms by other websites including National Geographic and Space.com

  9. C/2007 N3 Lulin (2009)
    --"Comet Lulin (2007 N3): a Detailed Look at a Corkscrew Morphology & the Fascinating 3-D Problem of Lulin's Rotation by Lowell Observatory" Lowell Observatory Blog, October 2009
    --"Seeing Lulin, Once in a Million Years" Discovery Channel, October 2009

  10. 10P/Tempel 2 (2009)
    --"Comet 10P/Tempel 2's Nucleus Rotation Determined to Within 10 Seconds" Lowell Observatory Blog, October 2009

  11. Deep Impact/Comet 9P/Tempel 1 (2005)
    --"NASA probes comet for deeper understanding" Arizona Daily Wildcat, July 2005
    --"More than 40 Nights of Kitt Peak Observations of NASA's Deep Impact Comet to Culminate on July 3" SpaceRef.com, June 2005

Last updated Apr-21-2014