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At the end of a long night on La Palma, 2013

I am an astronomer in the QUB Astrophysics Research Centre and a member of the Solar System Group. My primary research interests are in performing observations of minor bodies in our solar system, comets and asteroids. These studies are generally based on observations performed on the UK supported telescopes in the Canary Islands (ING) and Chile ( ESO), although for the past few years I’ve been looking at the firehose of data from Pan-STARRS 1. For an idea of what these telescopes look like, here’s a picture of me standing nervously under the ESO Very Large Telescope.

My “official” University stats page is here, but in summary I am a currently a member of the following  current projects:

  • UK Pan-STARRS Science Consortium – finding lots of NEOs, asteroids and comets.
  • UK LSST Consortium – we will find lots of NEOs and other stuff.
  • NEOShield-2 Project – proposing how to move an asteroid, you know, just in case…
  • The Rosetta ground-based observations team – following Rosetta and comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko all around the Sun.
  • ISSI Near-Sun Comet Team – what are the properties of Sungrazing and Sunskirting comets, and how do they interact with the solar corona?
  • ISSI Main-Belt Comet Team – how can we measure their properties to get a better handle on ices in the asteroid belt?
At the start of a long night on La Silla, 2011