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Tanner Murphey

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Contact Information

132 Astronomy
1002 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL
M/C 221


I'm a PhD student since August 2023. I obtained my Bachelors in Astronomy from UIUC in 2020, where I worked with Brian Fields on modeling the naked-eye visibility of supernovae in the Milky Way and the discrepancy between estimated rates and the lack of recorded events in the last 400+ years. I then got my Master's in Physics from Stony Brook University, where I worked with Will Farr both at Stony Brook and at the Flatiron Institute on rapid estimation of the cosmological expansion history using binary black hole (BBH) mergers detected by LIGO.

Research Interests

Supernovae, Tidal Disruption Events, Time-Domain Astronomy (particularly with LSST), Cosmology, Computational Astrophysics, Data Science

Research Description

I'm currently working on two projects. The first, my primary position, is with Gautham Narayan, where I'm currently working on incorportating DECam data into the Young Supernova Experiment (YSE). The second position is with Decker French, where I'm currently modelling the visibility of tidal disruption events (TDEs) in LSST.


B.S. in Astronomy, 2020, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (double minor in Physics, Computer Engineering)

M.A in Physics, 2023, Stony Brook University (Advanced Graduate Certificate in Data and Computational Science)

Highlighted Publications

Murphey, C. T., et al., Witnessing history: sky distribution, detectability, and rates of naked-eye Milky Way supernovae, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 507, Issue 1, October 2021, Pages 927–943,