Saturn Aurora
Saturn Aurora by Hubble Space Telescope. Credit: John Clarke

The Department of Astronomy at Boston University has a number of research groups active in planetary science, primarily studying the upper atmospheres and ionospheres of planets and moons. We use ground-based telescopes, including a dedicated facility at the McDonald Observatory in Texas, sub-orbital rocket experiments, space-based telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope, and spacecraft, including Mars Express and MAVEN, to explore these environments. We also develop computational models to test theories for how these environments behave.


John Clarke

Dan Clemens

Wen Li

Carlos Martinis

Michael Mendillo

Paul Withers