Dr. Madigan studies stellar and gas dynamics near massive black holes, with applications to our Galactic center, the Andromeda nucleus and post-starburst galaxies. She also explores the collective gravity of icy bodies in the outer solar system, and is interested in exoplanet dynamics.
orbital dynamics, stars around supermassive black holes, minor planets in outer Solar System
ASTR 1030 - Accelerated Introductory Astronomy 1
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
Covers principles of modern astronomy summarizing our present knowledge about the Earth, Sun, moon, planets and origin of life. Requires nighttime observation sessions at Sommers-Bausch Observatory. Required in ASTR major/minor. Like ASTR 1000 and 1010, but taught at a higher intellectual level, including a significant amount of quantitative analysis. Degree credit not granted for this course and ASTR 1000 or ASTR 1010.
ASTR 5820 - Origin and Evolution of Planetary Systems
Considers the origin and evolution of planetary systems, including proto-planetary disks, condensation in the solar nebula, composition of meteorites, planetary accretion, comets, asteroids, planetary rings and extrasolar planets. Applies celestial mechanics to the dynamical evolution of solar system bodies. Same as ATOC 5820 and GEOL 5820.