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Matthew M. Knight

Welcome to the work page of Matthew M. Knight.


6.7.18 My proposal to ISSI for a team on interstellar object 1I/`Oumuamua was selected! The team website will eventually appear here.

6.1.18 We were the first to recover comet 46P/Wirtanen this apparition, observing it with DCT on May 8 at an airmass of ~5! Here is the MPEC and the recovery image

2.15.18 I wrote a short article for the LSST Solar System Science Collaboration about why I’m excited about what LSST will do for comet science.

1.19.18 AAS Nova highlighted our recent paper on 1I/'Oumuamua. I also gave a talk on 'Oumuamua at this week's Astronomy on Tap.

1.10.18 Our Nature paper on Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak is now out.

11.23.17 Sky and Telescope covered our group's ultra-fast results on the interstellar asteroid (ApJL, submitted).

10.18.17 Our DPS presentation on the unprecedented change in rotation period of comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresak got some press.

9.20.17 Three papers were all recently accepted and appeared on arXiv: "The Rotation and Other Properties of Comet 49P/Arend-Rigaux, 1984-2012" by Eisner et al. (a UMD student who worked with me during 2016-2017), "Gemini and Lowell Observations of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko During the Rosetta Mission" by Knight et al., and "The Main Belt Comets and Ice in the Solar System" by Snodgrass et al.

6.6.17 The journal for the Royal Society meeting I helped organize last year is now online. Also, we have another CBET announcing that 41P/T-G-K's apparent period continues to increase at a surprisingly fast rate!

Older news is here.

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