News and Events

Friday, November 17, 2017

David Hughes from INAOE speaking at "Knowledge Across Borders: a Celebration of US-Mexico Scholarly Exchanges" in the Old Chapel on Monday, November 13, 2017. He was joined on the panel by Alex Pope from UMass, James Lowenthal from Smith College, Shep Doeleman from CfA, and Mexican astronomers Itziar Aretxaga and Miguel Chavez from INAOE and Irene Cruz-Gonzalez from UNAM. A focus for the day was the collaboration on the Large Millimeter Telescope, Gran Telescopio Milimetrico Alfonso Serrano.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Professor Daniela Calzetti and Professor Mauro Giavalisco were listed in the 2017 Highly Cited Researchers list, of the Web of Science. They recently received an email from Clarivate Analytics (formerly known as Thompson Reuters) congratulating them on this honor. The email went on to say that their "....research ranks among the top 1% most cited works in their field and during its year of publication, earning the mark of exceptional impact. It is truly an honor to recognize researchers like you for your dedication and focus to expanding the sphere of human knowledge."

Monday, November 13, 2017

Astronomers using the Large Millimeter Telescope, which is operated jointly by UMass Amherst and Mexico's Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica, report in Nature Astronomy that they have detected the second most distant dusty, star-forming galaxy ever found - born in the first billion years after the Big Bang.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Astronomers using the Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT) confirm observing one of the oldest objects in the universe.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Nobel laureate and former University of Massachusetts Amherst faculty Joseph H. Taylor will deliver the third annual Helen and Morton Sternheim Lecture on Tuesday, October 10 at 4:00 PM in 20 Hasbrouck Hall.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Watch time-lapse of the autumnal equinox sunrise and sunset at UMass Amherst's sunwheel.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

The public is invited to witness sunrise and sunset associated with the autumnal equinox among the standing stones of the UMass Amherst Sunwheel on Friday, September 22 at 6:49 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

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.


Monday, July 31, 2017

Astronomers train an "Earth-sized" telescope, including UMass Amherst's LMT, on our galactic center.