I am Vicky Scowcroft, a postdoctoral research associate at Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, California. I work on the Carnegie Hubble Program (CHP) - a Warm Spitzer mission designed to measure the Hubble Constant to an accuracy of 2%.

I work on variable stars, most recently studying the populations of Cepheids in the Magellanic Clouds with Warm Spitzer. For my thesis I studied Cepheids in the M33 galaxy, this time at optical wavelengths using WIYN and CFHT.

Here you can find out about my research, discover a bit of astronomy, and learn a bit about me.

Information about the CHP can be found here.

Details of my thesis work and the CFHT M33 survey are here.

My CV is available here and my publication record is here, and you can find PDF versions of talks I have given recently here.

And to find out what I do when I’m not calibrating the universe, go here.


Image: SAGE

Large Magellanic Cloud in the mid-infrared

The picture in the top banner shows the Magellan Telescopes, situated at the Las Campanas Observatory in the Atacama desert in Chile. The picture was taken (by me) from the du Pont telescope in January 2011.

Above this box is a composite image of the Large Magellanic Cloud in the mid-infrared taken by Spitzer as part of the SAGE project. More information about SAGE is here.

The picture on the left is me, at the top of the Space Needle in Seattle, WA in January 2011. I don’t remember now what I was suspicious of, but there was clearly something amiss.