Vasily Belokurov
Professor of Astronomy
at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge

Graduated from Moscow State University, Relativistic Astrophysics Department, Sternberg Astronomical Institute.
I did my DPhil at the University of Oxford where I worked with Wyn Evans.


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 Contact
email: vasily at ast.cam.ac.uk
phone: +44 1223 337515
office: Hoyle H20
address: Institute of Astronomy
  Madingley Road
  Cambridge, CB30HA

 Data/Tools
Milky Way Halo
Put your objects on the map of the MW stellar halo. Also plots various satellites from these lists

Solber
a simple IDL optimization routine loosely based on genetic algorithms

Microlensing maps
Maps of microlensing optical depth towards the Bulge in three different Galaxy models

SOMs for OGLE
Unsupervised classification scheme for a large lightcurve dataset
 Press
The Gaia Sausage: the major collision that changed the Milky Way
 Cambridge University PR

A bridge of stars connects two dwarf galaxies
 Cambridge University PR

Sgr tails
 Cambridge University PR

Discovery of 4 new dwarfs
 Nature
 New Scientist
 grani.ru, elementy.ru

Discovery of CVn and Boo dwarfs
 SDSS press release
 New Scientist
 gazeta.ru

Field of Streams
 SDSS press release
 New Scientist
 grani.ru

 Research

 Plots/figures/images



 Publications
3 most recent refereed papers on ADS
Sep 2022 'A gap in the double white dwarf separation distribution caused by the common-envelope evolution: astrometric evidence from Gaia'
The trajectory of the center of light of an unresolved binary is different from that of its center of mass

Jul 2022 'From dawn till disc: Milky Way's turbulent youth revealed by the APOGEE+Gaia data'
We use accurate estimates of aluminium abundance from the APOGEE Data Release 17 and Gaia Early Data Release 3 astrometry to select a highly pure sample of stars with metallicity -1

Jul 2022 'Astrometric identification of nearby binary stars - II. Astrometric binaries in the Gaia Catalogue of Nearby Stars'
We examine the capacity to identify binary systems from astrometric deviations alone


All publications in ADS 
3 most recent ArXiv papers
2022-09-19 'Chemical and stellar properties of early-type dwarf galaxies around the Milky Way'

2022-08-23 'Energy wrinkles and phase-space folds of the last major merger'

2022-08-19 'An empirical model of the Gaia DR3 selection function'


All e-prints on astro-ph 
 Photos
Some are on the old Oxford homepage

Cambridge
 Barcelona, June 2006
 Santa Fe, March 2006
 Moscow, June 2005
 NYC, May 2005
 Moscow, January 2005
 Snow in Cambridge, 03/03/2005
 21, 22, 23 January 2005
 Itai's leaving do, November 2004
 Windows, 2004
  Paris, October 2004
  colour | B/W | B/W 2
 Graduation, October 2004
 Moscow, July 2004