Marco Chiaberge

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I am a Level III (Senior) ESA/AURA Astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD, U.S.A.

I also hold an appointment as Research Scientist in the Physics and Astronomy Department of the Johns Hopkins University.

My work time is equally divided into a functional part and a research part. On the functional side, I work for the Hubble Space Telescope and I am a member of the ACS (Advanced Camera for Surveys) Team.

My scientific interests are mainly focused on Active Galactic Nuclei (AGN) and supermassive black holes.

I also lead the MJ2020 project on human spaceflight research, which was originally funded with a Space@Hopkins seed grant. This is a multi-disciplinary project involving researchers and students at the JHU Physics and Astronomy Department, JHU School of Medicine, the JHU Biology Department and the Department of Embryology of the Carnegie Institution for Science. As part of this research, we study the effects of micro-gravity on joint cartilage and the goal is to find the optimal countermeasures to facilitate long duration human spaceflight. Results and updates on this new exciting project will be available soon.

News and Highlights

Here's our latest NASA press release on interesting general (and special) relativity effects we observed with Hubble around a supermassive black hole link.

Our latest paper on the gravitational wave recoiling black hole candidate 3C 186 was published in the Astrophysical Journal. Here's a link to the ADS webpage for this paper. Here's a link to the NASA-HUBBLE press release that was issued after the discovery was announced in 2017.

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