My name is Kari A. Frank, and I am currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics of Pennsylvania State University.

My dissertation research involved galaxy clusters, the largest, most massive objects in the Universe.  In particular, I studied the temperatures of the hot X-ray emitting gas known as the intracluster medium.

My research is now changing focus from galaxy clusters to supernova remnants.  This will include analysis of Chandra observations of the famous SN1987A remnant.  Stay tuned for more updates as I start working on my new projects.

Kari A. Frank

Photo courtesy of NOAO/AURA/NSF

This famous picture of the Horsehead Nebula, in the form of a bookmark purchased on an elementary school field trip, was the first indication of my future career.

Contact Information

kafrank (at)

Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

520 Davey Lab

Pennsylvania State University

State College, PA

To learn some of the basics of galaxy clusters, check out my About Galaxy Clusters pages, written with the general public in mind.  You can read about my research into the temperature structure of galaxy clusters on the My Cluster Research pages (a bit more technical).  My CV, Resume, and links to my publications can be found under CV/Publications.  See About Me to learn a little about my interests outside of astronomy, and the Links page for some places around the Internet I find useful and/or interesting.