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Tony Farnham

Department of Astronomy
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

My name is Tony Farnham, and I am an astronomer, presently at the University Maryland in College Park. I received my PhD from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1996, for my work modeling the dust tails of comets. From 1996 through 1999, I worked at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, calibrating a new set of narrowband comet filters and studying comets (with an emphasis on Hale-Bopp). From 1999-2002, I was the Harlan J. Smith Planetary postdoctoral researcher at the University of Texas, where I expanded my studies to include the physical properties of Centaurs and Kuiper belt objects. Presently, I am here at the University of Maryland, working with the Planetary Data System and the Deep Impact project.

General interests:
Physical properties of comets, Centaurs and KBOs
Solar System Formation
Celestial Mechanics
Planetary Rings

A list of Recent Publications

Comet Hale-Bopp over 72-inch telescope dome at Lowell Observatory

Web pages

I designed several web pages relating to projects I worked on. Some of these are general information, while others focus on a specific group and will probably not be of interest to most casual browsers.

Comet Tempel 1 movies created from Deep Impact data

Comet LINEAR 1999 S4 Research

Hale Bopp Research

Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle and the Leonid Meteor Shower

Calibration of the HB Narrowband Comet Filters

I also maintain the list of Periodic Comet Names and Designations for the Planetary Data System

For information about my life outside of work, go to my Personal Info Page.

Or if you're looking for our pictures from Germany, go to Tony and Carrie's Germany Pictures.

Last modified: September 12, 2003

email: farnham@astro.umd.edu