News and Events

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Congratulations to Prof. Alexandra Pope, who has been awarded the 2024 UMass ADVANCE Faculty Peer Mentor Award. This award

recognizes the invaluable contributions of faculty members in mentoring and supporting their colleagues' professional development. 

More information, including the citation for the award to Prof. Pope, can be found here

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Monday, April 8, 2024
Solar Eclipse

Please join UMass Amherst Astronomy on April 8, 2024, to observe the solar eclipse which will reach 94.6% totality at our campus location on the earth. On this day, the peak of the eclipse in Amherst will be at 3:28pm.

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Thursday, March 28, 2024

FCAD Scholars Spotlight is a novel initiative founded by Moiz Khalil (UMass 24’), under the mentorship of Profs. Kim Ward-Duong and Kate Whitaker.  This spotlight provides a unique platform for early-career researchers at all levels – from undergraduates to postdocs – to share their research and contributions to the field of astronomy. Check it out here!

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Wednesday, March 27, 2024
James Lowenthal Speaker

James Lowenthal, the Mary Elizabeth Moses Professor and Chair of Astronomy at Smith College, will be giving a public lecture with title: `Chasing the Moon's Shadow: The Total Solar Eclipse of April 8, 2024', on Wednesday March 27th, 2024. The lecture will take place in the Auditorium (Room 135) of the Integrated Sciences Building, starting at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30 pm). The lecture is free and open to the public.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Andrew Mizener

Congratulations to Astronomy graduate student Andrew Mizener, who received a Honorable Mention for the Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Award of the American Astronomical Society (AAS).The Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Awards are given to recognize exemplary research by undergraduate and graduate students who present at one of the poster sessions at the meetings of the AAS. Recipients of the Honorable Mention receive a certificate from the AAS.

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Monday, January 22, 2024
Amanda Lee

Astronomy graduate student Amanda Lee is part of a team led by Prof. Jin Koda (Stony Brook University) who has used the Atacama Large Millimeter Array to investigate how star formation occurs in the far edges of galaxies.

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Monday, December 4, 2023
View of campus from the air

The department of Astronomy is seeking applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in theory, covering one or more of the areas of Time Domain Astronomy, Multi-messenger Astrophysics and/or related fields starting September 1, 2024. Deadline for applications is December 31st, 2023.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Kate Whitaker

Prof. Kate Whitaker was selected last October as one of the 2023 Kavli Fellows by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The NAS selected 118 of the nation's brightest young scientists from industry, academia, and government to participate in the 2023 U.S. and international Kavli Frontiers of Science symposia of the NAS. The selected scientists are recognised to be among those 45 or younger who are engaging in exceptional research in a variety of disciplines and have already made recognized contributions to science.

Friday, July 14, 2023
Katherine Whitaker

Astronomy’s Katherine Whitaker has received $799,007 to better understand how early galaxies “stalled” when the universe was forming.


Thursday, June 22, 2023
Summer Solstice June 21, 2023

Dr. Stephen Schneider shared this picture of the 2023 Summer Solstice with the Astronomy Department. He hosted an event on June 21, 2023 at 7:30 to discuss the relevance of the Summer Solstice.