David Jewitt

I am interested in the primitive bodies of the Solar System, especially the comets. In all likelihood, these objects are remnants from the accretional processes by which the major planets grew. My hope is that the properties of the comets will throw light on the nature and evolution of the protoplanetary disk. This connects naturally with the general issue of planet formation, and with the existence of dust disks around young stars.

"The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom."

                                            -William Blake



Curriculum Vitae  (pdf)

Autobiography for Kavli

Cool Pictures

iPLEX Home Page

My Classes

••Science Links••

Interstellar 1I/2017 U1 ('Oumuamua)
Interstellar 2I/2019 Q4 (Borisov)
A Comet Active Beyond the Crystallization Zone
Comet 332P Breakup
Color Systematics of Comets
Disintegrating Asteroid P/2013 R3
The Extraordinary P/2013 P5

Kuiper Belt Home Page
Trojan Color Conundrum
The Active Asteroids
Comet Home Page
* P/2010 A2 Impact || * (3200) Phaethon Fracture * Scheila Impact * 288P Binary
Irregular Satellites


Interstellar Interlopers
Serious Science: Kuiper Belt (link)
A Space to Dream (Alison Ong)
Oceans from the Skies
What Else is Out There?
Pluto, Perception & Planetary Politics
Discovery of the Kuiper Belt
Shaw Prize Lecture
Mysterious Travelers


Comet Cohesion Bottleneck (pdf)

The Trojan Color Conundrum (pdf)

Remarks for the Serendipities in the Solar System Meeting (pdf)

A Comet Active at Extreme Distances (pdf)

Anatomy of an Asteroid Breakup (pdf)

Color Systematics of Comets and Related Bodies (pdf)

The Active Asteroids (UAz Book: 2015) (pdf)

Episodic Ejection from 311P (pdf)

Disintegrating Active Asteroid P/2013 R3 (pdf)

Phaethon Re-Activates (pdf)

Dynamics in P/2010 A2 (pdf)

Near-Sun Asteroids (pdf)

Large Particles in Active Asteroid P/2010 A2 (pdf)

The Active Asteroids (pdf)

Activity in Phaethon (pdf)

The Active Centaurs (pdf)

The Kuiper Belt and Other Debris Disks (pdf)

••OTHER Links••

  1. 1.The Obligatory Quotes

  2. 2.Favorite Links

  3. 3.UCLA Earth, Planetary and Space Science

  4. 4.Meetings and Societies

David Jewitt

3713 Geology Building, UCLA,

595 Charles Young Drive East

Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567. 

[email: jewitt @ ucla.edu]