Welcome to the online home of Qicheng Zhang! I'm currently a graduate student studying planetary science at Caltech in Pasadena, CA. I mostly work on small body astronomy—comets, asteroids, and related objects that roam the solar system. This site attempts to capture key aspects of my research, and perhaps eventually, some of the other fun things that I'm involved with.

Personal & Academic History

I was originally from China, but largely grew up in Southern California where I've mostly resided in the present millenium. I attended UC Santa Barbara as an undergraduate student in physics (2013–2017), and also spent a couple summers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory over this period. I'm presently pursuing a Ph.D. in planetary science at Caltech (2017–).

Recent Highlights

2020 Aug 21: Press releases (STScI, Caltech) highlight a view of bright comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE) through the Hubble Space Telescope taken as part of observing program GO/DD 16418.

2020 Jun 26: New paper Zhang et al. (2020) (arXiv:2005.03657) published on VLBI characterization of a binary radio-emitting star system.

Image: Looking to the future, from the slopes of Mt. Wilson towards Palomar, and bumps along the way