News and Events

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:

Friday, December 6, 2019




Congratulations to Astronomy Majors and Commonwealth Honors College students Zoe Kearney '20, and Kenneth Lin '20, winners of the Rising Researcher Award. The award was given to six UMass Amherst students demonstrating ingenuity and impact within their fields of study. Both students work with advisor Alex Pope.

Monday, November 11, 2019

thumbnail timelapse photo of Mercury crossing face of Sun




UMass Astronomers invite the public to observe Mercury's passing in front of the sun, an event that will not be visible in North America again until 2049. More Info

Monday, October 28, 2019

Closeup photo of student wearing glasses and standing in front of  an observatory




Kenneth Lin, UMass Astronomy Major (BS-Astrophysics), was selected to participate in the AAS Astronomy Ambassador Program. This workshop trains early career scientists, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates in professional development and mentoring opportunities.