Colette Salyk Assistant Professor of Astronomy
Dr. Salyk teaches courses in planetary science, observational astronomy, and introductory physics. She studies the formation of planets using both ground- and space-based telescopes. In particular, she studies the relationship between protoplanetary disk properties (including chemical composition) and planetary diversity.
- BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MS, PhD, California Institute of Technology.
- At Vassar since 2015
Research and Academic Interests
Departments and Programs
- ASTR 101. Solar System Astronomy
- ASTR 330. Extrasolar planets and planet formation
In the Media
Hubble Sees a Cosmic Flapping 'Bat Shadow'
Assistant Professor of Astronomy Colette Salyk was quoted in a Hubblesite announcement about her team using NASA’s Hubble Telescope to view nascent stars resembling flapping “bat wings.”
Vassar Astronomer Colette Salyk Helps Hubble Team Analyze ‘Bat Wing’
Vassar College Assistant Professor of Astronomy Colette Salyk recently joined a team of scientists at the Space Telescope Science Institute to analyze a flapping, “bat-like shadow” of a fledgling star’s planet-forming disk that had been captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.
Vassar College assistant prof has her eye on the sky
Colette Salyk, Assistant Professor of Astronomy, and her work gathering evidence of Earth-sized planets in our galaxy, were the subjects of a Daily Freeman story.
Out of Dust, Nascent Planets
Vassar Assistant Professor Colette Salyk and 25 other astronomers have published a paper announcing they have gathered new evidence about how planets are forming in other parts of the galaxy. The discovery sheds light on how our own solar system was formed.
Vassar helps celebrate Maria Mitchell’s 200th
Two members of the science faculty and 11 science majors joined hundreds of others in the field to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Vassar’s first astronomy professor at the Maria Mitchell Association’s 2018 Women in Science Symposium Oct. 5 and 6 in Wellesley MA.
Exoplanets, Neandertals and other cool stuff
For nine weeks this summer, Vassar students
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- PhD, Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology, 2009
- MS, Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology, 2005
- BS, Planetary Science, minor in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003
Dr. Salyk teaches courses in planetary science, observational astronomy, and introductory physics.
Dr. Salyk studies the formation of planets using both ground- and space-based telescopes. In particular, she studies the relationship between protoplanetary disk properties (including chemical composition) and planetary diversity.