News and Events

Monday, May 20, 2019

We are offering three asynchronous, online summer courses, beginning Monday, May 20 to Friday, June 28th.

Monday, May 20, 2019

We are excited to welcome this year's undergrad FCAD summer research assistants. The program officially starts Monday 5/20, with a welcoming reception at 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. in the new lounge (Lederle Tower 531)

Thursday, May 9, 2019

This Thursday afternoon (May 9, 4pm in LGRT 1033), a special guest panel from the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) team will present the first picture of a black hole in a series of short talks followed by Q&A. Panelists include: Lindy Blackburn (CFA), Dominic Pesce (CfA), and Sara Issaoun from (Radboud U). The panel will be hosted by Gopal Narayanan (UMass Amherst).

Friday, April 26, 2019

Congratulations to 2019 Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients: Zoe Kearney (UMass Amherst), Kenneth Lin (UMass Amherst), Ryan McMillan (Amherst College), and Olivia Cooper (Smith College). Goldwater Foundation Scholarships are awarded to sophomore or junior students who intend to persue a research career in natural science, mathematics or engineering.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Congratulations to Professor Peter Schloerb, who won the 2019 College of Natural Sciences Outstanding Service/Engagement Achievement Award! A complete list of Astronomy faculty awards can be found here.

Thursday, April 11, 2019





Gopal Narayanan and Peter Schloerb coordinated the "Event Horizon Telescope" (EHT), essentially turning the Earth into a giant telecope by coordinating observations from sites in Mexico, Hawaii, Arizona, the South Pole, Chile, and Spain. The Large Millimeter Telescope.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Kenneth Lin, a junior majoring in Physics and Astronomy (BS), won the 2019 William F. Field Alumni Scholars Award. The Field Scholarship is awarded to outstanding junior  students by the University and the UMass Alumni Association. Kenneth's research interests include galaxy evolution, AGN, and spectroscopy. He is curretly a Research Assistant with Professor Alex Pope's group 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Cosmic Life Cycle of Massive Galaxies
3:45 p.m. in LGRT-B 1033

Monday, March 4, 2019

Amherst College LEADS presents "Space Now and Beyond", featuring a panel exploring current and future topics of space and aeronautics.

Monday, March 4 8:00 p.m.
Lipton Lecture Hall, Amherst College Science Center
25 East Drive Amherst, MA 01002

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Dr. Nia Imara, from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, will present special lunch talk,"Star Formation Then and Now". Dr. Imara is a faculty candidate in Astronomy at Smith College and the Five College Astronomy Department.