Thomas Burbine

Visiting Lecturer of Astronomy

Recent Campus News

This is a black and white mosaic image of the asteroid Bennu.

Astronomical award

Mount Holyoke College’s Thomas Burbine has won an award from the American Astronomical Society for his asteroid textbook, which was borne of his teaching.

This is a photograph of the asteroid Bennu, courtesy of NASA/Goddard/University of Arizona

The real scoop

NASA has taken a sample from an asteroid more than 200 million miles away. Mount Holyoke’s Thomas Burbine explained why that’s important.

This is a photograph of a meteor streaking through a star-filled night sky.

August features nature’s fireworks

It’s that time again, when the director of Mount Holyoke’s observatory leaves the lab, ditches the telescope and goes out to see the Perseid meteor shower.

Recent Mentions in the Media

Recent Awards

Received the 2020 Chambliss Astronomical Writing Award for his book  "Asteroids: Astronomical and Geological Bodies", at the virtual 237th American Astronomical Society meeting.

Received the 2020 Chambliss Astronomical Writing Award from the American Astronomical Society for his undergraduate textbook, Asteroids: Astronomical and Geological Bodies (Cambridge University Press, 2017), a comprehensive interdisciplinary introduction to minor planets, their meteorite fragments and their comet and trans-Neptunian object cousins.