Aster G. Taylor

University of Michigan, University of Chicago


I am a graduate student in Astronomy at the University of Michigan, working with Fred Adams. I obtained my undergraduate degree in Astrophysics from the University of Chicago in 2023, where I worked primarily with Darryl Seligman.

I am a Fannie and John Hertz Fellow, a recipient of the Rackham Science Award, and a Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery and Engineering Fellow.

I primarily study theoretical and computational planetary science and astrophysics. Currently, I am working on the dynamics and accelerations of solar system small bodies, specifically on the origins of the mysterious accelerations of “dark comets”. I am also working on the radiative signatures of circumplanetary disks during giant planet formation. I am generally interested in fluid dynamics, minor bodies, planet formation, and plasma physics.

In my spare time, I like to hike, read science fiction (especially Ada Palmer and Iain Banks), play board games and Dungeons and Dragons, work out, and practice martial arts (Shaolin kempo and mixed martial arts).

I am also a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma.

Please contact me at for questions and collaborations.

selected publications


  1. The dynamical origins of the dark comets and a proposed evolutionary track
    Aster G. Taylor, Jordan K. Steckloff, Darryl Z. Seligman, and 5 more authors
    Icarus, 2024
  2. Formation and Structure of Circumplanetary Disks and Envelopes During the Late Stages of Giant Planet Formation
    Aster G. Taylor, and Fred C. Adams
    Icarus, Jun 2024
  3. Seasonally Varying Outgassing as an Explanation for Dark Comet Accelerations
    Aster G. Taylor, Davide Farnocchia, David Vokrouhlický, and 3 more authors
    Icarus, Jan 2024


  1. Fitting the Light Curve of 1I/’Oumuamua with a Nonprincipal Axis Rotational Model and Outgassing Torques
    Aster G. Taylor, Darryl Z. Seligman, Olivier R. Hainaut, and 1 more author
    Planetary Science Journal, Oct 2023
  2. Interstellar Comets from Post-main-sequence Systems as Tracers of Extrasolar Oort Clouds
    W. Garrett Levine, Aster G. Taylor, Darryl Z. Seligman, and 4 more authors
    Planetary Science Journal, Jul 2023
  3. Numerical Simulations of Tidal Deformation and Resulting Light Curves of Small Bodies: Material Constraints of 99942 Apophis and 1I/’Oumuamua
    Aster G. Taylor, Darryl Z. Seligman, Douglas R. MacAyeal, and 2 more authors
    Planetary Science Journal, May 2023