News and Events

Thursday, May 27, 2021

UMass Amherst Professor Daniel Wang reveals exciting new research; Using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, Professor Wang documented X-ray thread G0.17-0.41
, which hints at a previously unknown interstellar mechanism that may govern the energy flow and potentially the evolution of the Milky Way. Wang's findings give the clearest available picture of a pair of X-ray-emitting plumes emerging from the region near the massive black hole at the center of our galaxy.
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Friday, May 14, 2021

Thursday, April 8, 2021
The Center for Teaching and Learning has announced that Prof. Katherine Whitaker has been awarded one of the 2021-2022 Lilly Fellowships.
Congratulations to Prof. Whitaker!


Monday, April 5, 2021

Headshot of smiling person with shoulder-length curly hair in front of purple, yellow, and grey image of galaxies.


NASA announced the new cohort of 24 Fellows for the prestigious NASA Hubble Fellowship Program, an extremely competitive program that supports postdoctoral scientists in pursuing independent astrophysics research. UMass Astronomy is excited to welcome Sinclaire Manning as a Hubble Fellow into our department in the fall, working with Prof. Kate Whitaker.  Sinclaire's research focuses on studying the enigmatic population
of dusty star-forming galaxies in the early Universe.

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Physics and Astronomy majors Meredith Stone (UMass) and Lena Treiber (Amherst College) have been awarded the 2021 Goldwater Scholarship!
"The Goldwater Scholarship Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering, 
and mathematics in the United States, seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors 
who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation’s next generation of research leaders in these fields."
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Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Photo of Kate Mallory showns as an artistic, digitally-enhanced image. Transparent photo shows a woman with medium curly hair, over an orange-yellow background that fades to blue in the upper left corner, with a streak of red around one shoulder. In the background are transparent images of waves, starbursts, constellations, and stars, that fade into her picture.
Congratulations to Senior Honors student Kate Mallory, for being selected among the UMass Amherst 2021 Rising Researchers. Kate is a Physics major with a concentration in Astronomy, who is working on a project to understand star formation in nearby galaxies.
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Polarised view of the black hole in M87. The lines mark the orientation of polarisation, which is related to the magnetic field around the shadow of the black hole. Credit: © EHT Collaboration
Profs. Gopal Narayanan and Pete Schloerb are among the authors of a new publication by the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration on the supermassive black hole in the center
of the galaxy M87. This new paper shows, for the first time, the signatures of the magnetic field surrounding the black hole. These observations help illuminate how black holes launch powerful, galactic-scale jets.


Saturday, March 20, 2021

A photo of the sunwheel at Sunset. The sun is setting behind a row of trees in winter, shining through clouds. The snow around the stones is reflecting the sunsetView the press release and Zoom link here!

Join UMass Astronomers for a live broadcast from the Sunwheel on Saturday, March 20, the first day of Spring! The webinar-format broadcasts will begin at 7 a.m. for sunrise and 6:30 p.m. for sunset, and will be streamed live from the center of the Sunwheel.

The UMass Sunwheel is a solar calendar made up of a stone circle, like England’s famous Stonehenge. Also like Stonehenge, the Sunwheel’s standing stones mark the location of the rising and setting sun during equinoxes and solstices. This unique calendar circle was designed by the late UMass professor of astronomy Judith Young, and has hosted public events celebrating the change of seasons since 1997

During the presentations Stephen Schneider will explain the changing positions of the sun, moon and Earth, and how the standing stones of the Sunwheel act as a calendar to mark the start of each season. He and other UMass astronomers at the webinar will be available to answer questions about the Sunwheel as well as questions about astronomy.


Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Two FCAD students, Meredith Stone (UMass) and William Balmer (Amherst College), were awarded the Chambliss Honorable Mention at the January 2021 AAS meeting. These awards “.. recognize exemplary research by undergraduate and graduate students who present at one of the poster sessions at the meetings of the AAS."
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Thursday, February 11, 2021

This 3-week summer program is taught by Astronomy Graduate Student Sarah Betti, assisted by other graduate students.