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
Jan 2019 'Clouds in arms'
We use astrometry and broad-band photometry from Data Release 2 of the ESA's Gaia mission to map out low surface-brightness features in the stellar density distribution around the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds

Jan 2019 'Common origin for Hercules-Aquila and Virgo Clouds in Gaia DR2'
We use a sample of ˜350 RR Lyrae stars with radial velocities and Gaia Data Release 2 proper motions to study orbital properties of the Hercules-Aquila Cloud (HAC) and Virgo Over-density (VOD)

Dec 2018 'Modelling the Tucana III stream - a close passage with the LMC'
We present results of the first dynamical stream fits to the recently discovered Tucana III stream


All publications in ADS 
3 most recent ArXiv papers
2018-11-09 'The hidden giant: discovery of an enormous Galactic dwarf satellite in Gaia DR2'

2018-10-17 'The origin of galactic metal-rich stellar halo components with highly eccentric orbits'

2018-09-07 'The assembly history of the Galactic inner halo inferred from alpha-patterns'


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