PTYS/LPL Graduate Students

Kuiper 316


John Noonan

PTYS Graduate Student

Exoplanets; Planetary Formation and Evolution, Planetary Astronomy, Small Bodies

I work on the ESA/NASA Rosetta mission, which arrived at the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014 and gathered crucial data about the comet and its environment until September 2016. More specifically, I use the R-Alice ultraviolet (UV) spectrograph to analyze the surrounding gas envelope, or coma, of the comet to determine its composition, its response to outside energetic events like coronal mass ejections or co-rotating interaction regions from the Sun, and what these observations tell us of the comet's origin and evolution.

B.A. Astrophysics, 2016, The University of Colorado, Boulder
Ph.D. Planetary Sciences, 2022, The University of Arizona

Major Advisor(s): Walter Harris

  • Noonan, J.W., Bockelée-Morvan, D., Feldman, P.D., Stern, S.A., Keeney, B.A., Parker, J.W., Biver, N., Knight, M.M., Feaga, L.M., Hofstadter, M.D. and Lee, S., 2021. Spatial Distribution of Ultraviolet Emission from Cometary Activity at 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The Astronomical Journal162(1), p.5.
  • Noonan, J.W., Rinaldi, G., Feldman, P.D., Stern, S.A., Parker, J.W., Keeney, B.A., Bockelée-Morvan, D., Vervack, R.J., Steffl, A.J., Knight, M.M. and Schindhelm, R.N., 2021. Analysis of Hybrid Gas–Dust Outbursts Observed at 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. The Astronomical Journal162(1), p.4.
  • Noonan, J.W., Harris, W.M., Bromley, S., Farnocchia, D., Li, J.Y., Mandt, K.E., Parker, J.W., Venkataramani, K. and Bodewits, D., 2021. FUV Observations of the Inner Coma of 46P/Wirtanen. The Planetary Science Journal2(1), p.8.
  • Bodewits, D., Noonan, J. W., Feldman, P.D., Bannister, M. T., Farnocchia, D.F., Harris, W. M., Li, J. Y., Mandt, K. E., Parker J. W.,   & Xing, Z. . The carbon monoxide-rich interstellar comet 2I/Borisov. Nat Astron (2020).
  • Xing, Z., Bodewits, D., Noonan, J. W., & Bannister, M. T. (2020). Water production rates and activity of interstellar comet 2I/Borisov. The Astrophysical Journal Letters893(2), L48.
  • Kareta, T., Andrews, J., Noonan, J. W., Harris, W. M., Smith, N., O’Brien, P., ... & Volk, K. (2020). Carbon Chain Depletion of 2I/Borisov. The Astrophysical Journal Letters889(2), L38.
  • Kareta, T., Sharkey, B., Noonan, J. W., Volk, K., Reddy, V., Harris, W., & Miles, R. (2019). Physical Characterization of the 2017 December Outburst of the Centaur 174P/Echeclus. The Astronomical Journal158(6), 255.
  • Noonan, J. W., Reddy, V., Harris, W. M., Bottke, W. F., Sanchez, J. A., Furfaro, R., ... & Nallapu, R. T. (2019). Search for the H Chondrite Parent Body among the Three Largest S-type Asteroids:(3) Juno,(7) Iris, and (25) Phocaea. The Astronomical Journal158(5), 213.
  • Bodewits, D., Országh, J., Noonan, J. W., Ďurian, M., & Matejčík, Š. (2019). Diagnostics of collisions between electrons and water molecules in near-ultraviolet and visible wavelengths. The Astrophysical Journal885(2), 167.
  • Keeney, B.A., Stern, S.A., Feldman, P.D., A'Hearn, M.F., Bertaux, J.L., Feaga, L.M., Knight, M.M., Medina, R.A., Noonan, J. W., Parker, J.W. and Pineau, J.P., 2019. Stellar Occultation by Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko Observed with Rosetta's Alice Far-Ultraviolet Spectrograph.
  • Reddy, Vishnu, Michael S. Kelley, Davide Farnocchia, William H. Ryan, Cristina A. Thomas, Lance AM Benner, Jessie Dotson et al. "Near-Earth asteroid 2012 TC4 campaign: Results from global planetary defense exercise." Icarus (2019).
  • Noonan, John W., S. Alan Stern, Paul D. Feldman, Thomas Broiles, Cyril Simon Wedlund, Niklas JT Edberg, Eric Schindhelm et al. "Ultraviolet Observations of Coronal Mass Ejection Impact on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko by Rosetta Alice." The Astronomical Journal 156, no. 1 (2018): 16.
  • Feldman, Paul D., Michael F. A’hearn, Jean-Loup Bertaux, Lori M. Feaga, Brian A. Keeney, Matthew M. Knight, John Noonan et al. "FUV Spectral Signatures of Molecules and the Evolution of the Gaseous Coma of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko." The Astronomical Journal 155, no. 1 (2017): 9.
  • J.-Y. Chaufray, D. Bockelée-Morvan, J.-L. Bertaux, S. Erard, P. D. Feldman, F. Capaccioni, E. Schindhelm, C. Leyrat, J. Parker, G. Filacchione, M. F. A’Hearn, L. M. Feaga, J. Noonan, B. Keeney, A. J. Steffl, S. A. Stern, H. A. Weaver, T. Broiles, J. Burch, G. Clark, M. Samara;  Rosetta Alice/VIRTIS observations of the water vapour UV electroglow emissions around comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 469, Issue Suppl_2, 21 July 2017, Pages S416–S426, 
  • Feldman, Paul D., Michael F. A’hearn, Lori M. Feaga, Jean-Loup Bertaux, John Noonan, Joel Wm Parker, Eric Schindhelm, Andrew J. Steffl, S. Alan Stern, and Harold A. Weaver. "The nature and frequency of the gas outbursts in comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko observed by the ALICE far-ultraviolet spectrograph on Rosetta." The Astrophysical Journal Letters 825, no. 1 (2016): L8.
  • Noonan, John, Eric Schindhelm, Joel W. Parker, Andrew Steffl, Michael Davis, S. Alan Stern, Zuni Levin, Sascha Kempf, and Mihaly Horyani. "The effects of dust outbursts on the anomalistic features observed by Rosetta Alice around 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko." In Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Conference Series, vol. 9905. 2016.
  • Noonan, John, Eric Schindhelm, Joel Wm Parker, Andrew Steffl, Michael Davis, S. Alan Stern, Zuni Levin, Sascha Kempf, and Mihaly Horanyi. "An investigation into potential causes of the anomalistic feature observed by the Rosetta Alice spectrograph around 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko." Acta Astronautica 125 (2016): 3-10.

Last updated on June 13, 2022