Avital Keeley

Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Physics and Astronomy

First Advisor

Dave Pawlowski, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Marshall Thomsen, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Ernest Behringer, Ph.D.


The Oort Cloud was hypothesised in 1950 but has lost popularity as a research topic. This literary research summarises the most notable articles and simulations on the Oort Cloud with an analysis on the outdated simulations and assumptions. Finally, this research conflates the hypothesised values of Oort Cloud parameters to calculate the required specifications of instrumentation needed to image an Oort Cloud Object, and a rough budget is proposed of $5 million to launch a 35 km interferometer.