Irina Belskaya

Address: Sumska str. 35, Kharkiv, 61022, Ukraine

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Position: Head of the Department of Physics of Asteroids and Comets, Institute of Astronomy, Kharkiv National University
Professor of Department of Astronomy of Kharkiv National University


Academic degrees

2008 - Doctor of Science, Kyiv, Main Astronomical Observatory of Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Ukraine

1987 - Ph. D., Physics and Mathematics Sciences, Main Astronomical Observatory of Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Kyiv, Ukraine

1980 - M. Sci., Astronomy, Kharkiv State University, Ukraine


Membership of Professional Societies


Grants and awards

2010 – Ukrainian State Prize of Ukraine in Science and Technology for the work “Advancement of theoretical foundation, development and application of polarimetric techniques and instrumentation for remote sensing studies of Solar System objects by ground-based, aircraft, and spacecraft means”

2010 – The Basic Science Book Award by the International Academy of Astronautics for the book “Polarimetric remote sensing of Solar System objects”

2009 – Marie Curie International Fellowship

2008 – Grant of the International Space Science Institute (Switzerland)

2008 – Award of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine

2003 – Grant of the European Space Agency

2000 – Grant of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

1992 – Fellowship of the Swedish Institute

1992 – Grant of the American Astronomical Society


Field of research

- Solar System bodies: physical properties of asteroids and transneptunian objects

List of selected publicationss:

Lupishko D.F., Belskaya I.N. (1989). On the surface composition of the M-type asteroids. Icarus 78, p.395-401.

Belskaya, I.N., Dovgopol, A.N., Erikson, A., Lagerkvist C.-I., Oja T. (1993). Physical studies of asteroids. XXVII. Photoelectric photometry of asteroids 14 Irene, 54 Alexandra and 56 Melete. Astron.Astroph. Suppl. Ser. 101, p.507-511.

Lagerkvist C.-I., Erikson A., Debehogne H., Festin L., Magnusson P., Mottola S., Oja T., De Angelis G., Belskaya I.N., Dahlgren M., Gonano-Beurer M., Lagerros J., Lumme K., Pohjolainen S. (1995). Physical studies of asteroids. XXIX. Photometry and analysis of 27 asteroids. Astron. Astroph. Suppl. Ser. 113, p.115-129.

Belskaya I.N., Lupishko D.F., Dovgopol A.N. (1996). Near-Earth asteroids: Surface structure and shapes. Earth, Moon and Planets 72, p.215-218.

Belskaya I. N., Lagerkvist C.-I. (1996). Physical properties of M class asteroids. Planetary and Space Sci. 44, p.783-794.

Shevchenko V.G., Belskaya I.N., Chiorny V.G., Piironen J., Erikson A., Neukum G., Mohamed R.(1997). Asteroid observations at low phase angles. I. 50 Virginia, 91 Aegina and 102 Miriam. Planetary and Space Sci. 45, 1615-1623.

Lagerkvist C.-I., Belskaya I., Erikson A., Schevchenko V., Mottola S., Chiorny V., Magnusson P., Nathues A., Piironen J. (1998). Physical studies of asteroids. XXXIII. The spin rate of M-type asteroids. Astron. Astrophys. Suppl. Ser. 131, p.55-62.

Belskaya I. N., Shevchenko V.G. (2000). Opposition effect of asteroids. Icarus 147, p. 94-105.

Shevchenko V.G., Belskaya I.N., Krugly Yu.N., Chiorny V.G., Gaftonyuk N.M. (2002). Asteroid observations at low phase angles. II. 5 Astraea, 75 Eurydike, 77 Frigga, 105 Artemis, 119 Althaea, 124 Alkeste, and 201 Penelope. Icarus 155, p. 365-374.

Krugly, Yu. N., Belskaya I. N., Shevchenko V.G., Chiorny V.G., Velichko F.P., Mottola S., Erikson A., Hahn G., Nathues A., Neukum G., Gaftonyuk N., Dotto E. (2002). The Near-Earth Objects Follow-Up Program. IV. CCD Photometry in 1996-1999. Icarus 158, p. 294-304.

Belskaya I.N., Shevchenko V.G., Kiselev N.N., Krugly Yu.N., Shakhovskoy N.M., Efimov Yu.S., Gaftonyuk N.M., Cellino A., Gil-Hutton R. (2003). Opposition polarimetry and photometry of S and E-type asteroids. Icarus 166, p.276-284.

Shevchenko V.G., Krugly, Yu.N., Chiorny, V.G., Belskaya I.N., Gaftonyuk N.M. (2003). Rotation and photometric properties of E-type asteroids. Planetary and Space Sci. 51, p. 525-532.

Belskaya I.N., Barucci M.A., Shkuratov Yu.G. (2003). Opposition effect of Kuiper Belt Objects: preliminary estimations. Earth, Moon and Planets, v.92, p.201-206.

Peixinho N., Doressoundiram A., Delsanti A., Boehnhardt H., Barucci M.A., Belskaya I. (2003). Reopening the TNOs color controversy: Centaurs bimodality and TNOs unimodality. Astron. Astroph. 410, p.L29-L32.

Birlan M., Barucci M. A., Vernazza P., Fulchignoni M., Binzel R. P., Bus S. J., Belskaya I., Fornasier S. (2004). Near-IR spectroscopy of asteroids 21 Lutetia, 89 Julia, 140 Siwa, 2181 Fogelin and 5480 (1989YK8), potential targets for the Rosetta mission - remote observations campaign on IRTF. New Astronomy 9, p. 343-351.

Peixinho N., Boehnhardt H., Belskaya I., Doressoundiram A., Barucci M.A., and Delsanti A. (2004). ESO Large Program on Centaurs and TNOs: Visible Colors - Final Results. Icarus 170, p.153-166.

Belskaya I.N., Yu. G. Shkuratov, Yu. S. Efimov, N. M. Shakhovskoy, R. Gil-Hutton, A. Cellino, E. S. Zubko, A. A. Ovcharenko, S. Yu. Bondarenko, V. G. Shevchenko, S. Fornasier, C. Barbieri. (2005). The F-type asteroids with small inversion angles of polarization. Icarus 178, p. 213-221.

Barucci M.A., Belskaya I.N., Fulchignoni M., Birlan M.(2005). Taxonomy of Centaurs and Trans-Neptunian Objects. Astron. J. 130, p. 1291-1298.

Barucci M. A., Fulchignoni M., Fornasier S., Dotto E., Vernazza P., Birlan M., Binzel R. P., Carvano J., Merlin F., Barbieri C., Belskaya I. (2005). Asteroid target selection for the new Rosetta mission baseline. 21 Lutetia and 2867 Steins. Astron. Astroph. 430, p. 313-317.

Cellino A., Gil Hutton R., Di Martino M., Bendjoya Ph., Belskaya I.N., Tedesco E.F. (2005). Asteroid polarimetric observations using the Torino UBVRI photopolarimeter. Icarus 179, p. 304-324.

Cellino A., Belskaya I.N., Bendjoya Ph., Di Martino M., Gil-Hutton R., Muinonen K., Tedesco E.F. (2006). The strange polarimetric behavior of Asteroid (234) Barbara.  Icarus 180, p.565-567.

Fornasier S., Belskaya I., Fulchignoni M., Barucci M.A., Barbieri C. (2006). First albedo determination of 2867 Steins, target of the Rosetta mission. Astron. Astroph. 449, p. L9-L12.

Fornasier S., Belskaya I., Shkuratov Yu.G., Pernechele C., Barbieri C., Giro E., Navasardyan H. (2006). Polarimetric survey of asteroids with the Asiago telescope. Astron. Astroph. 455, p.371-377.

Bagnulo, S., Boehnhardt, H., Muinonen, K., Kolokolova, L., Belskaya, I., Barucci, M. A. (2006). Exploring the surface properties of Transneptunian Objects and Centaurs with polarimetric FORS1/VLT observations. Astron. Astroph. 450, p.1239-1248.

Belskaya I.N., J.L. Ortiz, P. Rousselot, V. Ivanova, G. Borisov, V.G. Shevchenko, N. Peixinho (2006). Low phase angle effects in photometry of trans-neptunian objects: 20000 Varuna and 1996 TO66. Icarus, 184, p. 277-284.

Roques F., Doressoundiram A., Dhillon V., Marsh T., Bickerton S., Kavellars J.J, Моncuquet M., Auvergne M., Belskaya I., Chevreton M., Colas F., Fernandez A., Fitzsimmons A., Colas F., Lecacheux J., Mousis O, Pau S., Peixinho N., and Tozzi G.P. (2006). Exploration of the Kuiper belt by high-precision photometric stellar occultations: first results. Astron J. 132, p. 819-822.

Psarev V., Ovcharenko A., Shkuratov Yu., Belskaya I., Videen G. (2007). Photometry of particulate surfaces at extremely small phase angles. J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer. 106, p. 455-463.

De Luise F., Perna D., Dotto E., Fornasier S., Belskaya I. N., Boattini A., Valsecchi G. B., Milani A., Rossi A., Lazzarin M., Paoliccihi P., Fulchignoni M. (2007). Physical investigation of the potentially hazardous asteroid (144898) 2004 VD17. Icarus 191, p. 628-635.

Shevchenko V.G., Chiorny V.G., Gaftonyuk N.M., Krugly Yu.N., Belskaya I.N., Tereschenko I.A., Velichko F.P. (2007) Asteroid observations at low phase angles. Icarus 196, p. 601-611.

Belskaya I., Bagnulo S., Muinonen K., Barucci M.A., Tozzi G.P., Fornasier S., Kolokolova L. (2008). Polarimetry of the dwarf planet (136199) Eris. Astron. Astroph. 479, p.265-269.

Belskaya I.N., Levasseur-Regourd A-C., Shkuratov Y.G., and Muinonen K. (2008). Surface Properties of Kuiper Belt Objects and Centaurs from Photometry and Polarimetry. In: The Solar system beyond Neptune (Barucci A.M.. et al., Eds), Univ. Arizona Press, pp. 115–127.

Fulchignoni M., Belskaya I., Barucci M.A., De Santis M.C., and Doressoundiram A. (2008). Transneptunian Object Taxonomy. In: The Solar system beyond Neptune (Barucci A.M.. et al., Eds), Univ. Arizona Press, pp. 181–192.

Belskaya I.N., Fornasier S., Krugly Y.N. (2009) Polarimetry and BVRI photometry of the potentially hazardous near-Earth Asteroid (23187) 2000 PN9. Icarus 201, p.167–171.

Belskaya I.N., Levasseur-Regourd A.-C., Cellino A., Efimov Y.S., Shakhovskoy N.M., Hadamcik E., Bendjoya P. (2009). Polarimetry of main belt asteroids: wavelength dependence. Icarus 199, p.97–105.

Dotto E., Perna D., Fornasier S., Belskaya I.N., Barucci M.A., Shevchenko V.G., Krugly Yu.N., Gaftonyuk N.M., Tereschenko I.A., Scipioni F., de Luise F. (2009). Photometric and spectroscopic investigation of 2867 Steins, target of the Rosetta mission. Ground-based results prior to the Rosetta fly-by. Astron. Astrophys. 494, p.L29L32.

Muinonen K., Penttilä A., Cellino A., Belskaya I.N., Delbò M., Levasseur-Regourd A.C., Tedesco E.F. (2009) Asteroid photometric and polarimetric phase curves: Joint linear-exponential modeling. Meteoritics & Planetary Science 44, p.1937-1946.

Leyrat C., Fornasier S., Barucci A., Magrin S., Lazzarin M., Fulchignoni M., Jorda L. Belskaya I., Marchi S., Barbieri C. et al. (2010) Steins surface inhomogeneities from OSIRIS Rosetta images using G-mode analysis, Planet. Space Sci 58, p. 1097-1106.

Belskaya I.N., Fornasier S., Krugly Yu.N., Shevchenko V.G., Gaftonyuk N.M., Barucci M.A., Fulchignoni1 M., Gil-Hutton R. (2010). Puzzling asteroid 21 Lutetia: our knowledge prior to the Rosetta fly-by. Astron. Astrophys. 515, p. A29-A37.

Muinonen K., Belskaya I.N., Cellino A., Delbò M., Levasseur-Regourd A., Penttilä A., Tedesco E.F. (2010) A three-parameter magnitude phase function for asteroids. Icarus, 209, p. 542-555.

Belskaya I.N., Bagnulo S., Barucci M.A., Muinonen K., Tozzi G.P., Fornasier S., Kolokolova L. (2010). Polarimetry of Centaurs (2060) Chiron, (5145) Pholus and (10199) Chariklo. Icarus 210, p. 472-479.

Barucci M.A., Alvarez-Candal A., Merlin F., Belskaya I.N., de Bergh C., Perna D., DeMeo F., Fornasier S. (2011) New insights on ices in Centaur and Transneptunian populations. Icarus 214, p. 297-307.

Bagnulo S., Belskaya I., Boehnhardt H., Kolokolova L., Muinonen K., Sterzik M., Tozzi G.-P. (2011). Polarimetry of small bodies of the solar system with large telescopes. J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transfer 112, p. 2059-2067.

Shevchenko V.G., Belskaya I.N., Slyusarev I.G., Krugly Yu.N., Chiorny V.G., Gaftonyuk N.M., Donchev Z., Ivanova V., Ibrahimov M.A., Ehgamberdiev Sh.A., Molotov I.E. (2012). Opposition effect of Trojan asteroids. Icarus 217, p. 202-208.

Cellino A., Belskaya I.N., Delbo M., Levasseur-Regourd A., Muinonen K., Tedesco E. F. (2012). Asteroid Polarimetry: Current Activities and Recent Results. In: Astronomical Polarimetry 2008 -Science from Small to Large Telescopes (P.Bastien et al., Eds), Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, v. 449, p. 358-364, ISBN 978-1-5838-1780-3.

Bagnulo S., Belskaya I., Kolokolova L., Muinonen K., Tozzi G.P., Barucci A. (2012). Polarimetry of trans-Neptunian Objects. In: Astronomical Polarimetry 2008 -Science from Small to Large Telescopes (P.Bastien et al., Eds), Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, v. 449, p. 365-370, ISBN 978-1-5838-1780-3.

Barucci M. A., Belskaya I.N., Fornasier S., Fulchignoni, M.; Clark, B. E.; Coradini, A.; Capaccioni, F.; Dotto, E.; Birlan, M.; Leyrat, C.; Sierks, H.; Thomas, N.; Vincent, J. B. (2012). Overview of Lutetia's surface composition. Planetary and Space Science 66, p. 23-30.

Belskaya I.N., Bagnulo S., Stinson A., Tozzi G. P., Muinonen K., Shkuratov Yu. G., Barucci M. A., Fornasier S. (2012). Polarimetry of trans-Neptunian objects (136472) Makemake and (90482) Orcus. Astronomy & Astrophysics 547, id.A101, 5 pp.

Trigo-Rodriguez, J.M., Moyano-Cambero, C.E., Llorca, J., Fornasier, S., Barucci, M.A., Belskaya I., Martins, Z., Rivkin, A.S., Dotto, E., Madiedo, J.M., Alonso-Azcárate, J. (2014). UV to far-IR reflectance spectra of carbonaceous chondrites. I. Implications for remote characterization of dark primitive asteroids targeted by sample-return missions. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 437, p.227-240.

Shevchenko V.G. Slyusarev I.G., Belskaya I.N.(2014). Revised Albedos of Trojan asteroids (911) Agamemnon and (4709) Ennomos. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 49, 103-108.

Fornasier S., Belskaya I.N., Perna D. (2015). The potentially hazardous Asteroid (214869) 2007 PA8: An unweathered L chondrite analog surface. Icarus 250, p. 280-286.

Belskaya I.N., Barucci M.A., Fulchignoni M., Dovgopol A.N. (2015). Updated taxonomy of trans-neptunian objects and centaurs: Influence of albedo. Icarus 250, p. 482-491.