CLASS Seminar

Title: Ensemble Physical Properties of Cometary Nuclei


Monday: September 25, 2017




Abstract: While recent spacecraft missions have given us tremendous insight into the properties, composition, and behavior of comets 9P, 67P, 81P, and 103P, it is now even more important to understand the context of these particularly well-studied individual objects. We are still somewhat unsure of what a “typical” comet is like, and how the visited comets fit into the broader population. We present a summary of ongoing projects that make use of Earth- and space-based telescopic assets to study a large number of comets at visible and IR wavelengths. Our goals are to uncover clues about properties of the comet population as a whole and to understand their evolutionary history.


Biography:┬áDr. Yanga (“Yan”) Fern├índez was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Hawai`i from 1999 to 2002, and a Spitzer Fellow at UH from 2002 to 2005. He joined UCF in 2005 to take up a professorship and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2011. He has been Director of UCF’s Robinson Observatory since 2009.