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Massimo Marengo

Massimo Marengo

Position
  • Professor
I would not creep along the coast but steer
Out in mid-sea, by guidance of the stars.
--- George Eliot, Middlemarch (1871)

I am a stellar astrophysicist. As in the poem by George Eliot, stars are the beacons that guide my scientific endeavors into the vast expanse of the cosmos. I use stars to map the geometry of the universe, and to shed light on the processes shaping other planetary systems like our own.

My research focus has three main directions: the determination of precise distances in the local and far universe using variable stars; the study of stellar populations and stellar properties; and the analysis of extrasolar planetary systems and their asteroid belts. As an observational astronomer, my work is based on data I collect from large space and ground telescopes, including facilities managed by NASA, NOAO, NRAO and ESO, and supported by NASA and the National Science Foundation.

Contact Info

A313e Zaffarano
2334 Pammel Dr.
Ames
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IA
50011-1025
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