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U.S. Naval Academy
Physics Department
572C Holloway Road
Annapolis, MD 21402

Email: knight@usna.edu

Assistant Professor Matthew Knight

Education

  • Ph.D. Astronomy, 2008, University of Maryland
  • M.S. Astronomy, 2003, University of Maryland
  • B.S. Physics with Distinction, 2000, University of Virginia

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, U.S. Naval Academy (2020 - present)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Maryland (2020 - present)
  • Associate Research Scientist, University of Maryland (2015 - 2020)
  • Assistant Research Scientist, Lowell Observatory (2012 - 2015)
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Lowell Observatory (2008 - 2012)
  • Graduate Research Assistant, University of Maryland (2002 - 2008)

Research Interests

I am interested in comets, asteroids, interstellar objects, and other small bodies in the solar system. These are the 'fossils' of planet formation, and their study can inform us about how our (and other) solar system formed and subsequently evolved. I use observations from a variety of ground- and space-based telescopes to remotely study their physical properties. I have been a member of three space missions -- NASA's Double Asteroid Redirect Test (DART) and the European Space Agency's Comet Interceptor and Rosetta -- that have or will visit small bodies.

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U.S. Naval Academy
Physics Department
572C Holloway Road
Annapolis, MD 21402

Email: knight@usna.edu

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