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Dr Lucyna Kedziora-Chudczer

Astronomy Australia Ltd, Swinburne University of Technology

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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: 7

Saturn has more moons than Jupiter – but why are we only finding out about them now?

With the discovery of 20 more moons orbiting Saturn, the ringed planet has overtaken Jupiter as host to the most moons in the Solar system. Saturn now has 82 known moons, whereas Jupiter has a paltry 79. Announced at the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Centre by a team of astronomers from the Carnegie Institute for Science led by Scott S. Sheppard, the discovery is the latest advance in the...

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Curious Kids: why does Saturn have rings?

If you have a question you'd like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskids@theconversation.edu.au. * > Why does Saturn have rings? -- Isla, age 7, Killarney. * Most people think many millions of years ago, Saturn didn't have rings at all. Instead, it had a big moon moving around it. Eventually, this moon came very close to Saturn while moving faster and faster around it. This caused the moon to get pulled in two directions at once. It burst and broke into pieces that eventually spread around the planet...

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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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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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