Sona Hosseini

PhD/Graduate Researcher
University of California Davis
Planetary Sciences
Lick Observatory, Mt. Hamilton, CA


What led you to Earth and Space science?

I visited NASA Houston Center when I was 7 years old in second grade…. I remember that day very clearly and my strong feeling of not wanting to leave the center… It was breath taking and it was there and then that I decided to study astronomy.


How long have you been a member of AGU and why did you join?

Since 2008. AGU meeting was an amazing experience. It’s so cool to see how all the work done in different fields connect to other work and research.


What are you working on now?

For my PhD thesis, I designed and built an instrument at Lick Observatory to study comets and for that I have been almost living on the mountain for last 3.5 years!
My responsibilities on this project include all aspects of instrumentation design and development from optical design, to mechanical design, machining my own tools, and creating the data analysis code. I coupled my instrument -Khayyam- to the 60cm Coude Auxiliary Telescope (CAT) at Lick. The goal is to obtain high resolving power spectra over wide FOV at optical wavelengths from small telescope which is suitable for temporal studies of comets.