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Alex Parker

Alex Parker

Alex Parker is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. His  research interests revolve around the formation and evolution of planetary systems: Asteroid and Kuiper-Belt Object dynamics and surface processes, detection and characterization of extrasolar planetary systems and protoplanetary disks, and planetary geology. Visit his homepage.

Latest Blog Posts

What Color Does the Internet Think Pluto Is?

Posted 2015/04/20 03:08 CDT | 1 comment

Astronomers have known for a long time that Pluto’s surface is reddish, so where did the common idea that Pluto is blue come from?

A Centaur’s shadow reveals bright rings

Posted 2014/03/27 09:28 CDT | 7 comments

Yesterday, a team of astronomers announced that they discovered a set of planet-like rings around Chariklo, an asteroid-like body that currently resides in the unstable region between the orbits of Saturn and Uranus.

2011 HM102: A new companion for Neptune

Posted 2013/04/30 04:20 CDT | 2 comments

This month my latest paper made it to print in the Astronomical Journal. It's a short piece that describes a serendipitous discovery that my collaborators and I made while searching for a distant Kuiper Belt Object for the New Horizons spacecraft to visit after its 2015 Pluto flyby.

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