News and Events

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Image of the sunwheel in the fall: five standing stones in field on sunny day, against cloudy blue sky and fall foliage.
"Astronomers mark the change of seasons as the moment when the sun crosses over the celestial equator from the northern hemisphere of the sky to the southern hemisphere. This year the exact minute of the autumnal equinox is 3:21 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on Sept. 22. At that moment, fall begins in the Northern Hemisphere and spring in the Southern. On the day of the equinox, an observer located on Earth’s equator will see the sun pass directly overhead at local noon. It also marks the beginning of six months of daylight at the South Pole and six months of nighttime at the North Pole."

View A Time-Lapse Video of the Equinox Here:

Read More
Wednesday, August 25, 2021
Cropped portrait style photo of Shuiyao Huang. A man with short beard and dark hair stands in front of a light beige background

The Thesis Defense will be held Wednesday, August 25, 2021 3:00pm via Zoom.


The propagation and evolution of cold galactic winds in galactic haloes is crucial to galaxy formation models. However, modeling of this process in hydrodynamic simulations of galaxy formation is over-simplified owing to a lack of numerical resolution and often neglects critical physical processes such as hydrodynamic instabilities and thermal conduction. In this thesis, I propose an analytic model, Physically Evolved Winds (PhEW), that calculates the evolution of individual clouds moving supersonically through a uniform ambient medium. The model reproduces predictions from very high resolution cloud-crushing simulations that include isotropic thermal conduction over a wide range of physical conditions. I also describe the implementation of this model into cosmological hydrodynamic simulations of galaxy formation as a sub-grid prescription to model galactic winds more robustly both physically and numerically.


Tuesday, June 22, 2021
Cropped portrait-style photo of woman with medium blonde hair in front of a blurred green background wearing a floral shirt.


It is with immense pleasure that we announce Dr. Alexandra Pope's promotion to Full Professor. Congratulations Prof. Pope!


Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Photo of Profssor Dyar with medium blonde hair, yellow sweater and blue tshirt iwth "veritas" logo, standing in a machine shop.

Congratulations to Mount Holyoke College Professor Darby Dyar!


Read More
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Daniel Wang

New research discloses details of violent phenomena in the center of our galaxy.


Read More
Friday, May 14, 2021

Thursday, April 8, 2021
Katherine Whitaker

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) announces the selection of the 2021-22 Lilly Fellows for Teaching Excellence.


Read More
Monday, April 5, 2021
Sinclaire Manning

Sinclaire's research focuses on studying the enigmatic population of dusty star-forming galaxies in the early Universe.


Read More
Friday, March 26, 2021
Physics and Astronomy majors Meredith Stone (UMass) and Lena Treiber (Amherst College) have been awarded the 2021 Goldwater Scholarship!
"The Goldwater Scholarship Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious national scholarships in the natural sciences, engineering, 
and mathematics in the United States, seeks to identify and support college sophomores and juniors 
who show exceptional promise of becoming this Nation’s next generation of research leaders in these fields."
More information at:
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Kate Mallory

Kate is a Physics major with a concentration in Astronomy, who is working on a project to understand star formation in nearby galaxies.


Read More