Vasily Belokurov
Royal Society University Research Fellow
University Lecturer
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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email: vasily at
phone: +44 1223 337515
office: Hoyle H20
address: Institute of Astronomy
  Madingley Road
  Cambridge, CB30HA

Milky Way Halo | DR7
Put your objects on the map of the MW stellar halo. Also plots various satellites from these lists

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

Unsupervised classification scheme for a large lightcurve dataset
Discovery of 4 new dwarfs
 New Scientist,

Discovery of CVn and Boo dwarfs
 SDSS press release
 New Scientist

Field of Streams
 SDSS press release
 New Scientist



3 most recent refereed papers on ADS
Mar 2014 'Strong RR Lyrae excess in the Hercules-Aquila Cloud'
We map the large-scale sub-structure in the Galactic stellar halo using accurate 3D positions of ˜14 000 RR Lyrae reported by the Catalina Sky Survey

Jan 2014 'The similarity of the stellar mass fractions of galaxy groups and clusters'
We employ a large sample of 20 171 optically selected groups and clusters at 0

Jan 2014 'Precession of the Sagittarius stream'
Using a variety of stellar tracers - blue horizontal branch stars, main-sequence turn-off stars and red giants - we follow the path of the Sagittarius (Sgr) stream across the sky in Sloan Digital Sky Survey data

All publications in ADS 
3 most recent ArXiv papers
2014-03-27 'Touching The Void: A Striking Drop in Stellar Halo Density Beyond 50 kpc'

2014-03-13 'Discovery of a cold stellar stream in the ATLAS DR1 data'

2014-03-13 'ATLAS lifts the Cup: Discovery of a New Milky Way satellite in Crater'

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

 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