Yukun Huang  ホワン ユウクン

Welcome to my academic homepage. I am currently a Project Research Fellow at CfCA NAOJ, working with Prof. Eiichiro Kokubo. My research interests span a broad array of topics within dynamical astronomy. These include exploring the retrograde mean-motion resonances, delving into the mysteries of the Kuiper belt, and unraveling the complex processes involved in the formation and evolution of planetary systems.

I completed my PhD from UBC Dept. of Physics & Astronomy under the guidance of Prof. Brett Gladman in 2023. Prior to this, I achieved my Master’s degree in astrodynamics with distinction from Tsinghua University in 2019.

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Apr 22, 2024 🚀 Our international team found the Earth’s quasi-satellite – (469219) Kamoʻoalewa – may originate from the lunar crater Giordano Bruno. Read the Nature Astronomy paper or the Science news article
Apr 1, 2024 I’m happy to announce that I joined CfCA, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) as a Project Research Fellow.
Feb 16, 2024 My latest manuscript 「Primordial Orbital Alignment of Sednoids」is out now on ApJ Letters. Watch my DPS 2023 talk on this and read the related news articles (Sky & Telescope and astrobites)

selected publications

  1. Nat Astron
    Asteroid (469219) Kamo‘oalewa’s Intriguing Journey from Lunar Crater Giordano Bruno to Earth 1:1 Resonance
    Jiao, Y., Bin, C.,  Huang, Yukun,  Asphaug, E. and 5 more authors
    Nature Astronomy 2024
  2. ApJL
    Primordial Orbital Alignment of Sednoids
    Huang, Yukun,  and Gladman, B.
    Astrophysical Journal Letters 2024
  3. ApJL
    A Rogue Planet Helps Populate the Distant Kuiper Belt
    Huang, YukunGladman, B.Beaudoin, M.,  and Zhang, K.
    Astrophysical Journal Letters 2022
  4. ApJS
    Free Inclinations for Transneptunian Objects in the Main Kuiper Belt
    Huang, YukunGladman, B.,  and Volk, K.
    Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series 2022
  5. AJ
    Dynamic Portrait of the Retrograde 1:1 Mean Motion Resonance
    Huang, YukunLi, M.Li, J.,  and Gong, S.
    Astronomical Journal 2018