News & Events

Astronomy Department Solar Eclipse Event

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Department of Astronomy will hold the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse event at the Sunwheel. The event will begin at 1:20 PM, and will continue until the end of the eclipse. Astronomy Professor Daniela Calzetti and Mr. Tom Whitney of the Astronomy Association ( will be hosting the event, and they expect to have four solar telescopes on site. The Sunwheel is located south of McGuirk Alumni Stadium, just off Rocky Hill Road (Amity Street) about one-quarter mile south of University Drive.


Tara Dowd Awarded 2017 David J. Van Blerkom Research Scholarship in Astronomy

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tara Dowd has been awarded this year's David J. Van Blerkom Research Scholarship in Astronomy. Here is a description of the Scholarship: An endowment fund established by Janet Van Blerkom. The purpose of the fund is to endow undergraduate research scholarships in the Department of Astronomy in memory of her husband, David J. Van Blerkom, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Massachusetts. Professor Van Blerkom came to UMass as aPostdoctoral Fellow in 1969, joined the faculty in 1970, served as Chair of the Astronomy Program from 1980-1999, and then continued on the faculty until 2001. This scholarship fund is awarded based on academic excellence to a University of Massachusetts undergraduate and supports a research internship for that undergraduate.

Kamal Souccar Awarded the Chancellor's Citation Award

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Kamal Souccar has been awarded the Chancellor's Citation Award at the University of Massachusetts. This award is meant to recognize individuals who have demonstrated outstanding performance in helping the university achieve its goals and objectives. Award winners are intended to be individuals who have made original contributions to the university, attained high-priority univeristy objectives, performed "beyond the call of duty", and achieved significant improvements in productivity or savings in university operations. Kamal's many contriubtions to the success of the Large Milimeter Telescope are noteworthy in that they address all of these vital areas, and we are delighted that the University has recognized his important work.

Aaron P. Dunbrack, Senior Astronomy Major, elected to Phi Beta Kappa

Friday, March 24, 2017

Congratulations to Aaron P. Dunbrack, a senior in the Astronomy Department undergraduate program. He has been elected to Phi Beta Kappa this year. Aaron, everyone in the Astronomy Department extends their best wishes to you. We are all proud of your accomplishments.