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Dr Lucyna Kedziora-Chudczer

Astronomy Australia Ltd, Swinburne University of Technology


Lucyna Kedziora-Chudczer was born in Poland, where she studied astronomy at the Jagellonian University in Krakow. After she received her Master Degree, she moved to Australia and completed her PhD on the radio variability of Active Galactic Nuclei at the University of Sydney in 1999. At the same year she became the AAO/ATNF Research Fellow at the Anglo Australian Observatory studying polarization properties and monitoring the intraday variable quasars. In 2003 she moved to the University of Sydney, where she was offered a position of the Harry Messel Research Fellow, and continued her work on both the polarization of compact radio sources and properties of our local Galactic Interstellar Medium. During this time, she also taught undergraduate courses and mentored the PhD students.

In 2009 she accepted a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the UNSW in the area of planetary and exo-planetary science. She is a member of the Australian Centre for Astrobiology. Her interests include the spectroscopy and polarimetry observations of exoplanets, as well as the modelling of planetary atmospheres. During her research at the UNSW she was involved in the design and construction of the High Precision Polarimetric Instrument (HIPPI) used at the Anglo Australian Telescope for observations of exoplanets and bright stars. In 2019 she accepted position of the Program Manager at Astronomy Australia Limited. She continues her research in planetary astronomy as an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Southern Queensland.

Media Articles: 5

Early images of the closest look at Jupiter's Great Red Spot

The images coming in from NASA's Juno mission reveal some amazing details of Jupiter's Great Red Spot, after the probe made its closest approach yet of the giant planetary storm system. On Tuesday, Juno flew 9,000km above the most massive storm in our Solar System, thought to have been raging for centuries. During the flyby the orientation of the spacecraft was optimised for radiometric observations, which probed the depth of the storm, so there was rather a limited window of opportunity for imaging of the central region...

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Juno mission unveils Jupiter’s complex interior, weather and magnetism

The latest observations of the Juno spacecraft are helping astronomers uncover the true nature of Jupiter in unprecedented detail. Many of the findings were unexpected. Since July 2016, Juno has been revolving around Jupiter – the largest planet in our Solar System – in a highly elongated, 53-day orbit. This allows a clear view of its poles while the spacecraft ducks in and out of the strong radiation regions that surround the planet. The first results of Juno...

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There's still much to learn by visiting the giant planet Jupiter

After a five-year journey, NASA's Juno spacecraft this week reached Jupiter and was successfully inserted into its orbit. This is only the second spacecraft after the Galileo mission in 1995 to enter into orbit around the planet, the largest in our solar system. Over the next eight years Galileo gave us an unprecedented view of the turbulent and stormy Jovian atmosphere. It detected intense lightning activity over regions...

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Watery asteroid gobbled up by a white dwarf: implications for life

How will future alien scientists know whether life existed in our solar system? One method may be to sift through the planetary debris left when our sun becomes a white dwarf. Astronomers are doing just that with a far-distant white dwarf, GD 61; in research they've published today in Science they point to an unusually high amount of oxygen among the debris, and discuss what that might mean for life outside our solar system. ## White dwarfs' meals reveal past solar systems...

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Plumbing the depths: the search for water in our solar system and beyond

Earth is the only planet in our solar system with a long-term, stable supply of liquid water – essential for the formation and evolution of all organic life. But this doesn't mean there aren't other pockets of water elsewhere in our solar system (and around other stars). In searching for worlds we humans might one day try to inhabit, the presence of water is among the most pertinent considerations. So where else should we be looking for water? How can we detect water on planets we can't get to? And why is the search for...

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Government Grants: 2

Concluding December 31, 2014

Characterisation of extrasolar planets using high-precision polarimetry

Characterisation of extrasolar planets using high-precision polarimetry

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Academic Publications: 122

June 1, 2018

Mapping the Interstellar Magnetic Field Around the Heliosphere with Polarized Starlight

November 1, 2017

Comparative Habitable Planet Signatures in Polarized Light

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