News and Events

Friday, January 18, 2019

The Astronomy Department will host the 5th New England Star Formation Meeting on January 18, 2019. The aim of this series of meetings is to bring together the students, postdocs, and faculty who are working on topics related to the Galactic star formation, in order to share recent research efforts.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Congratulations to graduate student Sarah Betti's first peer-reviewed publication, "Constraining the Magnetic Field of the Smith High Velocity Cloud using Faraday Rotation".

Monday, December 3, 2018

Two undergraduate astronomy majors, Zoe Kearney and Kenneth Lin, were selected as UMass nominees for the national Goldwater Scholarship competition.

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Professor Daniela Calzetti and Professor Mauro Giavalisco have been recently recognized by Web of Science Clarivate Analytics as High Cited Researchers for 2018. The full article from the UMass News and Media Relations can be found at:

Monday, October 15, 2018

Robert Williams, former director of the Space Telescope Science Institute, will speak on "Probing the Distant Universe with Hubble Space Telescope" on Monday, October 22 at 8:00 PM in the Student Union Ballroom at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Click on link below to see a poster for the event for more information.


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

On clear Saturdays, there will be a solar telescope at the site of the UMass SunWheel, from 1 to 2 pm, for observing the Sun. The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, September 14, 2018

The public is invited to witness sunrise and sunset associated with the autumnal equinox among the standing stones of the UMass Sunwheel on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 6:30 am and 6 pm.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

An international team of astronomers from Japan, Mexico and UMass Amherst studying a "monster galaxy" 12.4 billion light years away report that their instruments have achieved a 10-times-higher angular resolution than ever before, revealing galaxy structural details previously unknown. They also were able to analyze dynamic properties that could not be probed before.

Friday, August 10, 2018

UMass Amherst astronomer, Professor Daniel Wang, is heading to Chile, the world capital of astronomical observation, on a Fulbright Award.