Aster Taylor is interested in the composition of the dark comets in the solar system and the origins of interstellar bodies.
They are currently an undergraduate student in astrophysics at the University of Chicago and will begin doctoral studies at the University of Michigan in fall 2023.
Taylor’s research interests include the dynamics of minor bodies, including interstellar objects, plasma flows in stars and protoplanetary disks, and fluid flow in both planetary atmospheres and Earth’s oceans. They have already made significant contributions to research into the material properties of the interstellar object 1I/`Oumuamua, and contributed to the discovery of the dark comets in the solar system.
Taylor was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and enjoys martial arts, board games and hiking.