David Polishook

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As a planetary scientist and astronomer, I use photometric and spectral observations in the visible and IR wavelength range, to study the physical nature of asteroids and their evolution. I am an AXA post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at MIT working in the group of Prof. Richard P. Binzel. I received my PhD from the Department of Geophysics and Planetary Sciences at Tel-Aviv University under the guidance of Prof. Dina Prialnik and Dr. Noah Brosch.


Studies and projects:

-       Physical examination of (175706) 1996 FG3, the target of the Marco-Polo-R space mission.

-       Studying disintegration of asteroids due to rotational fission into separated pairs and binary asteroids.

-       Detecting and studying asteroids and their lightcurves in an industrial scale using data from the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) survey (collaborating with the experimental astrophysics group at the Weizmann Institute of Science).

-       I have also participated in other observing projects: A survey for supernova and other transients - PTF; a survey for gravitational microlensing events to detect exoplanets - μFun; observations of 9P/Temple 1 during the Deep Impact mission; optical lightcurves of gamma-ray bursts; observations and analysis of meteor showers.


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Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), MIT

Small Main-Belt Asteroid Spectroscopic Survey (SMASS)

NASA Infra Red Telescope Facility (IRTF)

Tel Aviv University’s Wise Observatory

TAU Astroclub







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Older emails:

davidpol [at] mit.edu


david [at] wise.tau.ac.il,

david.polishook [at] weizmann.ac.il


Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (EAPS), room 54-416

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

77 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02139-4307







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