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Carey M. Lisse
Born (1961-12-10) December 10, 1961 (age 61)
Takoma Park, Maryland, USA
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
💼 Occupation

Carey (Casey) Michael Lisse (born December 10, 1961) is an American astronomer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.

He led a German-American group of ROSAT astronomers including Konrad Dennerl, Jochim Truemper, and Robert Petre (UMD-GSFC-MPE) in discovering x-rays from comets in 1996.[1]

Together with Al B. Schultz (STScI) and Yanga R. Fernandez (UH/IfA), he co-discovered the new carbon star LSF1 in 2001.[2]

As a member of the Deep Impact mission science team led by Mike A'Hearn (UMD), he used the Spitzer and Chandra Great Observatories to determine the size, shape, and chemical makeup of comets 9P/Tempel 1 and 103P/Hartley 2.

Using Spitzer Space Telescope spectra provided by Christine Chen of STScI and her team, he has discovered evidence for ongoing Earth-like planet formation in the HD113766A system,[3] a giant planet-planet hypervelocity impact in the HD172555 system,[4] and delivery of KBOs containing astrobiological materials to the inner few AU of the Eta Corvi system.[5]

In 2012 - 2014, Lisse led the NASA Comet ISON and Comet Siding Spring observing campaigns.

Since 2014, he has been a member of the New Horizons mission science team at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, where he has helped discovery x-ray emision from Pluto[6] and the dust in the solar system's outer Kuiper Belt-sourced debris disk .[7]


Born in Takoma Park, Maryland, Carey grew up in Washington, D.C., and went to Wootton High School in Rockville, Maryland. After completing undergraduate studies in chemistry at Princeton in 1981, Carey received his M.S. in Chemical Physics at the University of California, Berkeley in 1984 and his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Maryland, College Park in 1992. As a student in 1985-1992, he helped build, test, launch, and fly the Nobel-prize winning Cosmic Background Explorer COBE NASA mission while working at the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center. From 1995 to 1999, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Maryland, College Park specializing in cometary research, and then a research astronomer supporting the design and construction of the Hubble Space Telescope WFC3 camera. In 2001 he accepted a position on the NASA Deep Impact science team, where he helped take the mission from the proposal stage through its two encounters with comets 9P/Tempel 1 and 103P/Hartley 2. In mid-2004 he moved to his present position at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory where his research focuses on the formation and evolution of solar systems.

Asteroid 12226 Caseylisse was named in his honor.


  1. Lisse, C.M.; Dennerl, K.; Englhauser, J.; et al. (2012). "Discovery of X-ray and Extreme Ultraviolet Emission from Comet C/Hyakutake 1996 B2". Science. 274 (5285): 205–209. Bibcode:1996Sci...274..205L. doi:10.1126/science.274.5285.205. Unknown parameter |s2cid= ignored (help)
  2. Lisse, C.M.; Schultz, A.B.; Fernandez, Y.R.; et al. (2012). "Discovery of an Extremely Red Object in the Field of HD 155826". Astrophysical Journal. 570 (2): 779–784. Bibcode:2002ApJ...570..779L. doi:10.1086/339722. hdl:10211.3/172074.
  3. Lisse, C. M.; et al. (2008). "Circumstellar Dust Created by Terrestrial Planet Formation in HD 113766". The Astrophysical Journal. 673 (2): 1106–1122. arXiv:0710.0839. Bibcode:2008ApJ...673.1106L. doi:10.1086/523626. Unknown parameter |s2cid= ignored (help)
  4. Lisse, C.M.; Chen, C.H.; Wyatt, M.C.; et al. (2009), "Abundant Circumstellar Silica Dust and SiO Gas Created by a Giant Hypervelocity Collision in the ~12 Myr HD172555 System", Astrophysical Journal, 701 (2): 2019–2032, arXiv:2011.13168, Bibcode:2009ApJ...701.2019L, doi:10.1088/0004-637X/701/2/2019 Unknown parameter |s2cid= ignored (help)
  5. Lisse, C.M.; Wyatt, M.C.; Chen, C.H.; et al. (2012). "Spitzer Evidence for a Late Heavy Bombardment and the Formation of Urelites in η Corvi at ~1 Gyr". Astrophysical Journal. 747 (2): 93. arXiv:1110.4172. Bibcode:2012ApJ...747...93L. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/747/2/93. Unknown parameter |s2cid= ignored (help)
  6. Lisse, C.M.; McNutt, R.L.; Wolk, S.J.; et al. (2017). "The Puzzling Detection of X-rays from Pluto by Chandra". Icarus. 287: 103-109. arXiv:1610.07963. Bibcode:2017Icar..287..103L. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2016.07.008. Unknown parameter |s2cid= ignored (help)
  7. Poppe, A.R.; Lisse, C.M.; Piquette, M.; et al. (2019). "Constraining the Solar System's Debris Disk with In Situ New Horizons Measurements from the Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt". Astrophysical Journal Letters. 881 (1): L12. arXiv:1610.07963. Bibcode:2019ApJ...881L..12P. doi:10.3847/2041-8213/ab322a. Unknown parameter |s2cid= ignored (help)

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