James Bauer (astronomer)


James "Gerbs" Bauer (born 1968, Michigan, USA) is an American astronomer who studies comets and related bodies.[1] He was the first to quantify the seasonal surface changes on Neptune's moon Triton.[2] He also observed the aftermath of the Deep Impact probe's collision with comet Tempel 1.[3][4] Currently, he is the deputy PI of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission.[5] His analysis of the images of comet Hartley 2 taken by the WISE spacecraft revealed that the object was shedding mass.[6] The asteroid 16232 Chijagerbs is named after him and his wife, Chija Bauer. They have one daughter and one son.


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  2. ^ Goguen, James; Buratti, B.J.; Li, J.-Y.; Mosher, J.A.; Hicks, M.D.; Schmidt, B.E.; Goguen, J.D. (2010). "Direct Detection of Seasonal Changes on Triton with Hubble Space Telescope". The Astrophysical Journal. 723 (1): L49–L52. Bibcode:2010ApJ...723L..49B. doi:10.1088/2041-8205/723/1/L49.
  3. ^ Moore, Patrick (27 July 2005). "Fallout from Deep Impact". BBC One. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  4. ^ "Palomar Telescope Observes Collision of Deep Impact Probe With Comet Tempel 1".
  5. ^ "WISE Captures Key Images of Comet Mission's Destination". 5 October 2010. Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  6. ^ "Comet Hartley 2 Leaves a Bumpy Trail". Science Daily. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 27 March 2012.
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  • http://www.space.com/18364-comet-breakup-inner-solar-system.html
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