Department of Astronomy at UMass Amherst
M87’s Black Hole
UMass Amherst researchers are part of team that captured the first-ever image of a black hole
Congratulations to 2023 Astronomy GraduatesMany congratulations to our 2023 Astronomy Graduates. During Commencement on May 25th, 2026, they were accompanied by their advisors: Prof. Neal Katz and Prof. Daniel Wang. We all wish our graduates the best of luck for their future endeavors.
Congratulations to Daniel Krista Kelsey, Samuel Milstone & Liam YanulisCongratulations to Astronomy Senior students Daniel Krista-Kelsey, Samuel Millstone, and Liam Yanulis for awards from the Department of Astronomy, UMass. Samuel Millstone received the 2023 Outstanding Senior Award. Daniel Krista-Kelsey and Liam Yanulis received the 2023 Astronomy Awards for Academic Excellence. The awards recognize accomplishments from our seniors across multiple dimensions. More information can be found at: UMass Astronomy Undergraduate Awards & Scholarships
Congratulations on the Recipients of the 2023 David van Blerkom Research Scholarship.
2023 Mary Dailey Irvine Outstanding Thesis Award
Grant Wilson is named as a 2023 Chancellor's Leadership Fellow
Dr. F. Peter Schloerb is a part of the Distinguished Faculty Lecture SeriesDr. F. Peter Schloerb delivered a speech for the Distinguished Faculty Lecture on March 23, 2023 at 4:00 pm in the Old Chapel at UMass Amherst. Please see the links below to read more about this event. Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series UMass News Page
Kate Whitaker and Team Investigate Oldest Galaxies
Whitaker’s team devised an innovative pairing of telescopes to better understand why some of the oldest, most massive galaxies go quiescent early in their formation. The team used the Hubble Space Telescope, which sees ultraviolet to near-infrared light, including the light we can see with our own eyes, to detect these distant galaxies, which are so far away that we’re only just now seeing the light they emitted 10 billion to 12 billion years ago, when the universe was in its infancy. In effect, Whitaker’s team is looking into the deep past.
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