Study the planets, moon, stars, galaxies, even the origin of the universe itself, with flexible undergraduate and graduate astronomy programs.

Academic Highlights: UMass Amherst is the sole public institution in New England offering astronomy at both the undergraduate and graduate level. The Large Millimeter Telescope (LMT) is a member of the multi-observatory Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) project that successfully imaged the shadow of the event horizon of the supermassive black hole in the center of the galaxy M87. The efforts of UMass Amherst astronomers, students, and engineers were critical to building and fielding the EHT instruments for LMT. 

Research Areas: Topics include understanding the beginning of the universe, birth and life of galaxies through cosmic time, ecology of galaxies, the universe in X-rays, the lives of stars from nurseries to black holes, comets as probes of the early solar system, and interstellar chemistry and the origins of life.

Degrees: BA, BS, PhD; part of the Five-College Astronomy program


  • Tenure-track faculty: 11
  • Research faculty: 2
  • Postdoctoral fellows: 7
  • Graduate students: 22
  • Undergraduate majors: 118

Research Awards: more than $2M

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