Vasily Belokurov
Reader in Astrophysics
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
Aug 2018 'Discovery of new retrograde substructures: the shards of ω Centauri?'
We use the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS)-Gaia catalogue to search for substructure in the stellar halo

Jul 2018 'Snake in the Clouds: A new nearby dwarf galaxy in the Magellanic bridge'
We report the discovery of a nearby dwarf galaxy in the constellation of Hydrus, between the Large and the Small Magellanic Clouds

Jul 2018 'A predicted astrometric microlensing event by a nearby white dwarf'
We used the Tycho-Gaia Astrometric Solution catalogue, part of Gaia Data Release 1, to search for candidate astrometric microlensing events expected to occur within the remaining lifetime of the Gaia satellite


All publications in ADS 
3 most recent ArXiv papers
2018-07-11 'The Halo's Ancient Metal-Rich Progenitor Revealed with BHB Stars'

2018-07-06 'Dark Matter in Disequilibrium: The Local Velocity Distribution from SDSS-Gaia'

2018-07-03 'Common origin for Hercules-Aquila and Virgo Clouds in Gaia DR2'


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