Shestakova Head of the Laboratory of Physics of Stars and Nebulae

Email: shest1952(at)
Phone: + 7 727 260 74 41


The Moscow State University, Department of Astronomy (Moscow, Russia), graduated in 1975.
From 1975 – in staff of Fesenkov Astrophysical Institute in Kazakhstan. Philosophical degree in astrophysical area was conferred on June 23, 1988 by doctorate council of Moscow State University. Thesis: “The interferometric observations of several regions HII and F- corona of the Sun”. From 2013 – Head of Laboratory of Physics of stars and nebulae at Fesenkov Astrophysical Institute.

Field of Research

Dust and Gas dynamics near the Sun, Fabry-Perot Interferometry, Solar Eclipse Observations, Radial Velocity Observations in the F- Corona, Thermal Destruction of Comets, dust sublimation, radiation pressure on atoms and ions.

Liubow Illarionovna Shestakova graduated from Physical Department of the Lomonosov Moscow State University (by specialty astronomy). After graduation, was hired in the Astrophysical Institute in Almaty as a senior research assistant. In 1979 she was accepted in postgraduate study of the Astrophysical Institute. In 1988 defended candidate thesis on “The interferometric observations of several regions HII and F- corona of the Sun”. She repeatedly participated in expeditions on observation of solar eclipses. In addition to experimental research she carried out a number of theoretical studies related to the problems of thermal destruction of solid bodies from various materials, and the composition of icy comets approaching the Sun on elongated orbits. Also, a series of works are devoted to the numerical modeling of the gas dynamics near the Sun under conditions of strong pressure of solar radiation in selected resonance lines of atoms and ions formed after the thermal destruction of small bodies and dust sublimation near the Sun. In present, L.I. Shestakova is head of the Laboratory of Physics of Stars and Nebulae, grant project supervisor “Investigation of the physical processes in the starburst regions and circumnuclear zones of active galaxies”.

Main Publications

  1. Shcheglov P.V., Shestakova L.I., Ajmanov A.K. Results of interferometric observations of the F-corona radial velocity field between 3 and 7 solar radii. Astron. & Astrophys., 1987, v.173, p.383-388.
  2. Shestakova L.I. Interpretation of F-corona radial velocity observations. Astron.& Astrophys., 1987, v.175, p.289-291.
  3. Shestakova L.I., Kutyrev A.S. and Ataev A.Sh. Observations of HII regions around z -Oph and other OB stars. Sov.Astron.Lett., 1988, v.14, № 1, p.24-26.
  4. Shestakova L.I. Is there a region of resonance emission by atoms and ions around the Sun? Sov. Astronomy Letters, 1990, v.16, p.236-240.
  5. Shestakova L.I. On the Influence of Corpuscular Evaporation on the Concentration Distribution of Dust Grains in the Solar System. Astronomy Letters, 1994, v.20, № 1, p.52-55.
  6. Shestakova L.I. and Tambovtseva L.V. Dynamics of dust grains near the Sun, Astronomical and Astrophysical Transactions (AApTr), 1995, v.8, p.59-81.
  7. Shestakova L.I. and Tambovtseva L.V. The thermal destruction of solids near the Sun. Earth, Moon, and Planets, 1997-1998, v.76, p.19-45.
  8. Tambovtseva L.V. and Shestakova L.I. Cometary splitting due to thermal stresses. Planetary and Space Science, 1999, v.47, p.319-326.
  9. Afonina V.V., Shestakova L.I. Interferometric observations of the HII Region Around x-Per. Astronomy Letters, 2002, v.28, № 1, p.30-33.
  10. Shestakova L.I. The b-Pictoris phenomenon near the Sun. Astronomical and Astrophysical Transactions, 2003, v.22, № 2, p.191-211.
  11. Shestakova L.I. Cometary-Meteoric Gas in the Solar Corona: The Dynamic of Ca Ions, Solar System Research, 2004, v.38, № 1, p.76-84.
  12. Shestakova, L.I., Rspaev, F.K., Chalabaev, A., Bram, D., Dubovitskij, A.I., Bonev, T., Golev, V., le Coarer, E. Wide-filed measurements of the velocity field of the circumsolar dusty plasma during the total solar eclipse on July 22, 2009 // Publ. Astron. Obs. Belgrade, 2009, No.74, p.1-4.
  13.  Shestakova, L.I., Chalabaev, A., Demchenko, B.I., Rspaev, F.K. The velocity of the dust near the Sun during the Solar Eclipse of March 29, 2006 and sungrazing comets//, Astrophysics, Solar and Stellar Astrophysics, arXiv:1003.2818v1, 2010, March 14, P9.
  14. Shestakova, L.I. Resonance Line Pressure as Acceleration Mechanism of Atoms // Astron. Tsir. 2012. N 1581. P.1-4.
  15.  Shestakova L.I. Movement of CaII ions in the inner Solar system// Astronomy and Ap. Transaction.2013.V.28.  № 2.  P.109-120.