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Matthew M. Knight

Welcome to the work page of Matthew M. Knight.


3.28.19 "Properties of the Bare Nucleus of Comet 96P/Machholz 1" by Eisner, Knight, et al. and "Stellar Occultation by Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Observed with Rosetta’s Alice Far-Ultraviolet Spectrograph." by Keeney et al. are now accepted by AJ and available on arXiv.

1.2.19 Two papers I've been heavily involved in are moving along. "Gas Jet Morphology and the Very Rapidly Increasing Rotation Period of Comet 41P/Tuttle-Giacobini-Kresák" by Schleicher, Knight, et al. is now in press at AJ, while "Properties of the Bare Nucleus of Comet 96P/Machholz 1" by Eisner, Knight, et al. has been submitted to AJ.

11.10.18 We made the first determination of the rotation period of 46P/Wirtanen this apparition (8.9 hr). The official CBET requires a subscription, but an animation of our images can be seen here.

8.1.18 We finally got around to finishing the paper on C/2007 N3 Lulin. Congratulations to Allison Bair on her first first-author paper!

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.

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