News and Events

Monday, May 4, 2020

FCAD undergraduate student Jea Adams, an Amherst College Junior, has won three awards for her excellent scholarship:

The Lorna M Peterson Prize from the Five Colleges
A Goldwater Scholarship See campus news artice here.
AAS Chambliss Prize Honorable Mention for her poster at the 2020 Winter Meeting

Jea has a broad research resume including research on exoplanets with Prof. Kate Follette (Amherst college) and distant galaxy clusters with Prof. Alexandra Pope (UMass).

Congratulations Jea!



Monday, May 4, 2020

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences this week announced that internationally recognized scholar Daniela Calzetti, professor and head of astronomy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been elected to the panel “in recognition of distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.”


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Portrait photo of Dr. Calzetti, short hair with purple sweater
All lectures begin at 4 p.m. in the Great Hall, Old Chapel, and are free and open to the public. A reception immediately follows each lecture in the Multipurpose Room, 1st Floor, Old Chapel.

"How Do Stars Form? Beyond the "Spherical Cow" Model"

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The computing committee compiled Astronomy Work From Home Helpful Resources for undergraduate students.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020



Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Smith College Faculty Candidate, Dr. Ferah Munshi (University of Oklahoma), will present her talk, "What's the (dark) matter with dwarf galaxies?" 12-1 in LGRT 533.

Friday, March 6, 2020




UMass Postdoc and ALMA Ambassador, Christopher Faesi, will host an ALMA proposal workshop in partnership with The National Radio Astronomy Observatory.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Watch the sunrise webinar recording here and sunset one here


Tuesday, January 21, 2020
The UMass Amherst Sunwheel is located south of McGuirk Alumni Stadium, just off Rocky Hill Road (Amity St.) about one-quarter mile the Sunwheel is about 1/4 mile west of University Drive. Visitors to the Sunwheel should be prepared for freezing temperatures and wet footing, and they should wear masks.


To mark the sun reaching its southerly extreme and the start of astronomical winter, astronomers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will give live presentations via webinar from the campus’s unique Sunwheel at 7:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 21. The online sessions are free and open to the public.

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Photo of snowy field surrounded by bare trees. A series of rock pillars about twice the size of a person are arranged in a circle . The sun is setting and casting shadows across the snow.

Saturday, December 21, 2019



All are invited to observe sunrise and sunset on the day of the winter solstice among the standing stones of the UMass Amherst Sunwheel this Saturday, Dec. 21, at 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Heavy rain or snow will cancel the gatherings. More info: