Hugues Sana

ESA/AURA Astronomer @ Space Telescope Science Institute


I am an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. My main research interests focus on observational stellar astrophysics. I use time resolved multi-wavelength observations and a wide variety of observational techniques to study the formation, evolution and final fates of massive stars.

I obtained my PhD in 2005 in the High-Energy Astrophysics Group at the Liège University (Belgium). I have been research fellow at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) at the Paranal observatory and a postdoc at the Anton Pannekoek astrophysical institute at Amsterdam university. 

At Space Telescope, I share my time between functional work and scientific research. As part of the COS and STIS team, I am taking care of the UV and optical spectrographs on board the Hubble Space Telescope, making sure that the instruments deliver science grade data and supporting the community in obtaining the best science out of their observations.

During my reserach time, I am leading a large observational effort to probe the surroundings of most nearby-massive stars using extreme angular resolution techniques. I am also leading one of the densest time-resolved campaigns towards massive binaries in teh 30 Doradus region of the Large Magellanic Cloud. The final aim of these projects is to obtain high quality observational constraints to guide theories of massive star formation and evolution. Read more about these projects, and others, on my research page.

Quick Info

  • Hugues Sana
  • Birthday : Jan 26
  • Interests : early-type stars, stellar clusters, optical and infra-red spectroscopy, high-resolution imaging, time domain astrophysics

Last news

  • Sept 2014: Detection paper of our SMaSH+ survey is accepted. Preprint available here.
  • Aug 2014: Lorentz center workshop The imapct of massive stars in the universe will take place from Jun 29 to Jul 03 2015 in Leiden, NL
  • Dec 2013: Paul & Marie Stroombant prize awarded by the Belgian Academy of Science
  • Aug 2013: Exciting first day at the Space Telescope Science Institute
  • 16 Apr 2013: Candidate most massive double star identified (NOVA PR, in Dutch)

  • News from previous years are still available here...