News and Events

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.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Artists Representation of Discovered Monster Galaxy
PhD alumna Christina Williams (lead author)and professor Kate Whitaker (co-author), are part of team that discovered a massive "monster galaxy" 12.5 billion light-years away

Thursday, October 17, 2019

The third annual colloquium jamboree is Thursday, Oct. 17, in room 1033. The department's four new postdocs will share their research.

Thursday, September 19, 2019
Special Colloquia of Faculty Research continues Thursday 9/19 in LGRT 1033
Refreshments at 3:45 and talks at 4pm
Friday, September 13, 2019

Save the date for our fall Meet & Greet! You're invited to join us Friday, September 13, from 12-2pm in LGRT 1033, for some delicious pizza (including gluten free slices). Stop by to welcome our new faculty, staff, postdocs, and students.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Special Colloquia of Faculty Research on Thursday 9/12 in LGRT 1033
Refreshments at 3:45 and talks at 4pm

Thursday, September 5, 2019
The Event Horizon Telescope Collaboration was awarded the 2020 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics. This includes six UMass Amherst Astronomy colleagues: Sandra Bustamante, Aleks Popstefanija, Vern Fath, Ron Grosslein, Kamal Souccar, Neal Erickson, Pete Schloerb, and Gopal Narayanan. All 347 co-autors are featured in the 6 discovery papers published in April 10, 201