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David Kipping

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David Mathew Kipping, born in 1983 or 1984[1], is an astronomer and assistant professor at Columbia University. He specializes in researching exoplanets and exomoons and directs the Cool Worlds laboratory, part of the Department of Astronomy at Columbia.

He is best known for his work on exomoons, but his research interests also includes the study and characterization of exoplanets in transit, the development of new detection and characterization techniques, the atmospheres of exoplanets, Bayesian inference and population statistics. He is the Principal Investigator of the Kepler project. He also enjoys doing science outreach and running a YouTube channel called Cool Worlds about his group's research and related sciences.

His Ph.D. thesis was awarded in 2011 by University College London. It is titled The Transits of Extrasolar Planets with Moons.[2]

Work on terrascope[edit]

David Kipping has proposed usig Earth's atmosphere as a gigantic telescope. He calls it the Terrascope. Instead of using gravitational lensing, it proposes to use atmospheric lensing.[3][4]A terrascope with a 1 meter diameter lens equals a "regular" space telescope with a lens of 150 meter. A terrascope is hence a very cost-effective option. Downside is that it only works for light sources which, at that moment, are located on the other side of our planet.[5]


  1. Grossman 2017.
  2. Kipping 2011
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  4. [2]
  5. Kijk magazine, 11, 2019


  • Grossman, Lisa (4 October 2017). "David Kipping seeks new and unexpected worlds". ScienceNews. 192 (6): 22.
  • Kipping, David Mathew (March 2011). "The Transits of Extrasolar Planets with Moons" (PDF). University College of London. arXiv:1105.3189.
  • Kipping, David Mathew (2017). "David Kipping, Astronomer".
  • Michael D. Lemonick (13 January 2012). "Forget Exoplanets: The Hunt for Exomoons Is Heating Up". Time magazine.
  • Marcus Woo (27 January 2015). "Why we're looking for alien life on moons, not just planets". Wired magazine.

Category:20th-century astronomers

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