Kristen LuchsingerGraduate Student NMSUAstronomy
I completed my BA at St. John’s College in 2015, following the Great Books liberal arts program unique to St. John’s. While at St. John’s, I completed an REU at NRAO in Charlottesville, VA, where I worked with Dr. Mark Lacy on classifying galaxies with microJansky radio emissions. I published my first paper detailing that research in 2015.
I then attended Wesleyan University, which offers a terminal Master’s program in astronomy. While there, I switched focuses to exoplanet atmospheric research with Dr. Seth Redfield. I completed my Master’s thesis, which detailed my contributions to an ongoing research project attempting to use the HYDRA spectrometer on the WIYN 3.5 m telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory to study Rayleigh scattering in exoplanet atmospheres. My contributions included taking, reducing, and analyzing spectra of three transiting planets.
At NMSU, I am currently working with Dr. Nancy Chanover on modeling the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission impact plume. This work will be extended in the future to include modeling impact plumes, volcanic eruptions, and geysers on other Solar System satellites.
- AAS 2015
- AAS 2017
- LPS 2018