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Dr. Vishnu Reddy

Research Scientist

Currently resides in Tucson, AZ
reddy [at] psi.edu
Areas of Expertise
Asteroids, Ceres, Meteorites, Small satellites, Vesta | Dawn | Calibration/Test planning, Data validation, Mission science team | Education/Public Outreach, Ground-based observing, Mineralogy, Photometry, Remote sensing, Space-based observing, Spectroscopy

Research Interests

Dr. Vishnu Reddy’s research focuses on asteroids, meteors, and meteorites in the Solar System. Currently, Dr. Reddy’s primary focus is surface composition of asteroids. He is currently working on three spectroscopy projects: a) Olivine-rich asteroids, b) Surface composition analysis of NEOs, b) Baptistina asteroid family (BAF) and their link to the K/T Impact.

Professional History

Dr. Reddy started obtaining photometric data of asteroids in 2004 using small robotic telescopes around the world in collaboration with Petr Pravec (Ondrejov Observatory, Czech Republic) as part of a binary asteroid survey. Over the last few years, he has determined the rotation period of 60 Main Belt asteroids and 21 NEOs. Apart from rotation period, he discovered/co-discovered the binary nature of nine new binary asteroid systems. Dr. Reddy is member of the Framing Camera (FC) team on NASA’s Dawn mission to asteroids Vesta and Ceres. He works in close collaboration with the FC team at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (Germany) developing science tools and analyzing the multi-color data.

Honors and Awards

Minor Planet 8068 Vishnureddy

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