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Charles Liu, PhD

Charles Liu is a professor of astrophysics at the City University of New York's College of Staten Island, where he also serves as Director of The Verrazano School and Macaulay Honors College. He is also an associate with the Hayden Planetarium and Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. His research focuses on colliding galaxies, quasars, starbursts, and the star formation history of the universe; and he is a member of the COSMOS collaboration, an international team of scientists studying the largest contiguous area ever surveyed with the Hubble Space Telescope.


Along with numerous academic research publications, Charles has written extensively for general audiences. Together with co-authors Neil Tyson and Robert Irion, he received the 2001 American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award for their book One Universe: At Home in the Cosmos. In 2005, he received the Solar Physics Division Popular Writing Award from the American Astronomical Society for his article "Our Stormy Sun." Currently, he serves on the American Astronomical Society's Astronomy Education Board.


Charles earned degrees from Harvard University and the University of Arizona, and held postdoctoral positions at Kitt Peak National Observatory and at Columbia University. He lives in New Jersey with his wife, daughter, and sons.

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The Handy Astronomy Answer Book, Third Edition
by Charles Liu, PhD
Handy Astronomy 3e
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