Dr. Allen W. Shafter

photo: Earnie Grafton (U-T)

BA     Physics         1977   University of California, Irvine

MA    Astronomy   1978   University of California, Los Angeles

PhD   Astronomy   1983   University of California, Los Angeles

Research Interests

Artist's visualization of a nova (NASA/Hardy)
The Andromeda Galaxy (M31) (Capella Obs.)

My principal research is focused on the study of cataclysmic variable stars: Novae, Dwarf Novae, and Nova-like variables (An artist's conception is shown above). This work includes the study of the fundamental properties of these systems in our own galaxy, as well as the study of the spatial distribution and population of nova systems in nearby galaxies, such as M31 (above).

  • Visit my Extragalactic Nova web page.

  • Currently Teaching

    Fall 2018 Classes

    Public Talks


  • Led the effort to secure the principal gift of $750,000 from the estate of Phillips Claud, Jr. for the construction of a new 1.25-m telescope at Mount Laguna Observatory.

  • Some Astronomical Links of Interest...

    Personal Links Follow

    Nobel Laureate in Economics Milton Friedman On Capitalism (A Classic)

    P. J. O'Rourke on Cars ...

    Hike to the Summit of Mt San Jacinto (October 16, 2011)

    Pictures from the Past ...

    Train Hopping Trip #1 (Summer 1974)

    Train Hopping Trip #2 (Summer 1975)

    Train Hopping Trip #3 (Summer 1977)

    Some early life experiences are chronicled here:

    Goat Canyon Hike

    Mojave Desert Heritage & Cultural Association (MDHCA) Fall 2007 Rendezvous

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