News and Events

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
Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Please join us Wednesday, August 28, at 5:30PM for Zhon Butcher's Dissertation Defense, "The Bivariate Luminosity - HI Distribution Function of Galaxies" in LGRT 533. There will be a small reception in after the event.

Monday, August 19, 2019

12:00, Monday, August 19
Room 533, Lederle Graduate Reserch Tower
Signatures of strong-field gravity accretion: Relativistic~effects in spectra and polarization from black-hole accretion discs

Friday, July 26, 2019

Speaker: Dr. Cristina Chiappini, Astrophysics Institute Potsdam, Berlin (Germany)
Time:      Friday July 26, 12:00 noon
Room:    LGRT 533 (New Conference Room)

Friday, June 21, 2019

The public is invited to observe sunrise and sunset of the longest day of the year among the standing stones of the UMass Amherst Sunwheel on Friday June 21 at 5:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. UMass Amherst astronomer Stephen Schneider will explain the astronomical cause of the solstice at the hour-long gatherings and answer questions.

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Please contact Janet Lathrop with any questions: 413/545-2989;