Adrian B. Lucy

astronomer, incoming STScI Fellow at the Space Telescope Science Institute (Oct 2021)

multi-wavelength observations of accretion (and its outflows) on all scales


My work spans nine orders of magnitude in accretor mass, from symbiotic white dwarf/cool giant binaries to supermassive black hole quasars. Right now I'm using SkyMapper, the South African Astronomical Observatory, the Las Cumbres Observatory, Swift, and Chandra to find a hidden population of cool giants feeding visible, flickering accretion disks on compact companions.


I like gothic/sci-fi/fantasy fiction, plants, karaoke, and fairy lights. My PhD advisor is Jeno Sokoloski. I'm an astronomer because of my undergrad research advisor, Karen Leighly.

pronouns they/them/their/theirs/themself are or ae/aer/aer/aers/aerself is; titles none or Mx.

All photographs on this site are my own, except for artist David A. Hardy's rendition of symbiotic star RS Oph.


observing procedures

astro 101 labs (public links soon)

for amateur/AAVSO + RV collaborators (under construction)


email me at

send correspondence to [Mx.] Adrian Lucy, Columbia University Dept. of Astronomy, Mail Code 5246, 550 W. 120th St., New York, NY 10027