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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dr. James Pierce

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Dr. James Pierce
Emeritus Professor of Astronomy

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Ph.D. in Astrophysics, Iowa State University, 1980

Research Specialties

Stellar Astrophysics

Current Research/Interests

Numerical Modeling, Relaxation Zones, LPV Atmospheres, Dust Grain Formation


[PDF] Modeling Dust Formation in LPV Atmospheres (45 MiB) (2014-04-14 at ISU) [pdf]


Notes on Stellar Astrophysics (2013) — a text for AST 420 and AST 421. Available as a FREE pdf !

Life in the Universe: The Abundance of Extraterrestrial Civilizations (2008) — a text for AST 115.

Elementary Astronomy (2000, 2013) — a reference book for teachers and parents of K-6 students. Available as a FREE pdf !

2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Results of our road trip to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in Wyoming.