Emily Levesque

An Astronomer Who Studies Weird Stars

Emily Levesque is a massive stargazer, sonic-boom frequency flyer, and self-pronounced haircut forgetter. An astronomer and human being, she is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Washington. Her work and research on massive stars, which she uses to examine galaxy formation, are world renowned.

She has discovered many new red supergiants, including the first-known candidate for a Thorne-Zytkow object. This is a one-of-a-kind star, a red giant or super giant, with a neutron star at its core. Emily discovered it in 2014! Her contributions to Astronomy and galaxy formation are challenging to rival.

Emily received her undergraduate degree in 2008 at MIT in Physics, followed by a PhD in Astronomy at University of Hawaii. She did her post-doctoral work at University of Colorado at Boulder as an Einstein Fellow and then a Hubble Fellow. She has been at the University of Washington since 2015.