Andrew J. Fox

ESA/AURA Astronomer
Space Telescope Science Institute

Learn about what I do


Andrew Fox is an ESA/AURA astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, the scientific home of the Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope. His research focuses on diffuse gas in and around galaxies, particularly the Milky Way and the Magellanic Clouds. His work uses ultraviolet, optical, and radio spectroscopy to determine the physical and chemical properties of the gas in galaxy halos, to trace galaxy inflows and outflows, and to better understand how galaxy ecosystems work. At STScI, he is a member of the COS Instrument Team where he leads the User Support block, and he also works for the Science Policies Group. Before joining STScI, he worked at the Institute of Astronomy (IoA) in Cambridge, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile, the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris (IAP), the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and University College London (UCL).

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Recent work

Gas Accretion book

I recently edited a book on Gas Accretion onto Galaxies, published by Springer. This is a contributed volume with 15 chapters written by 15 authors reviewing the subject of how galaxies get the fuel they need to form stars. Find the chapters here.

Galactic Center Outflow

I'm the Principal Investigator of a 49-orbit HST program to study the Galactic Center region in UV absorption. Our results dicussing the absorption-line properties of the biconical outflow are described in a series of papers in the Astrophysical Journal.

Magellanic Stream

The Magellanic Stream is a giant tidal tail of gas stipped out the Magellanic Clouds and now orbiting the Milky Way. See the Annual Reviews article I wrote with Elena D'Onghia on this extraordinary object or the press releases referred to below.

Press Releases

Fermi Bubbles

The Galactic nuclear wind is feeding the giant Fermi Bubbles with new material. Our Galactic Center program has led to two NASA press releases, one in 2015 on the discovery of the wind in UV absorption (click here) and one in 2017 on the northern sky survey (click here ).

Magellanic System

This huge network of gas clouds on either side of the Magellanic Clouds holds clues to the ways that dwarf galaxies interact and feed their massive neighbors. We explore its origin using chemical composition analyses with the Hubble and the Green Bank Telescope. See NASA press releases from 2013 and 2018


Smith Cloud

The enigmatic Smith Cloud is a massive infalling gas clump that is close to impacting the Galactic disk. Its origin is unknown. We used Hubble to measure its chemical compostion and kinematics and probe its source. See our 2016 NASA press release (click here).

Research Interests

Interstellar, circumgalactic, and intergalactic gas
High-velocity clouds (HVCs) and the Magellanic System
Quasar absorption line systems
Fermi Bubbles, galaxy inflows and outflows
Photoionization modeling of diffuse plasmas
Galaxy formation and evolution

Former and Current Group Members

Students: Stephen Lucas (UCL)
Corbin Taylor (UMD)
Nimisha Kumari (IoA, Cambridge)
Jacqueline Antwi-Danso (Texas A&M)
Tanveer Karim (Harvard)
Analysts: Svea Hernandez (now PhD student at Radboud, Holland)
Postdoc: Rongmon Bordoloi (now at MIT)


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