Department of Astronomy

Welcome to CWRU Astronomy

CWRU Astronomy is a community of active researchers and educators, with research strengths in the fields of galaxy formation and evolution, stellar chemical abundances, and telescope instrumentation and design.

We offer graduate and undergraduate degree programs, and host a series of public talks for the general public. Come inside and learn more about our on-going research, our faculty, staff, and students, and all the new things happening in CWRU Astronomy.

You can also read the latest edition of our annual CWRU Astronomy newsletter.

 

Gaskin
Gaskin

Alumni Update: Dr Jessica Gaskin

Date posted: May 19th, 2016

NASA scientist and CWRU alumna Dr Jessica Gaskin recently won NASA’s Early Career Achievement Medal for her work in developing X-ray telescopes to study the Sun, stars, and galaxies. But back when she was a graduate student in the CWRU Astronomy Department, she learned a valuable lesson from her mentor, Professor Earle Luck: you gotta break things to make progress in science. …Read more.

Stacy
Stacy

Galaxies and Alternative Gravity

Date posted: February 17th, 2016

Interested in galaxy dynamics and prospects for alternative gravity models? In a recent TEDxCLE talk, CWRU Astronomy’s Stacy McGaugh discusses how the kinematics of galaxies presents new challenges to models of cosmology and galaxy formation, and how alternative gravity models might be a viable explanation for how galaxies behave. …Read more.

LizGrace
LizGrace

2016 Nassau Prize winners

Date posted: February 15th, 2016

 
CWRU Astronomy’s Jason J Nassau prize is awarded to outstanding senior astronomy majors for excellence in academics and research. This year’s award was shared by two students, Grace Olivier and Liz Tarantino. …Read more.

A plot of the number of galaxies as a function of redshift along a particular direction in the sky. Spikes in the counts correspond to newly identified protoclusters of galaxies. In this single field (CANDELS GOODS-S), the CWRU team identified 9
protoclusters as galaxy overdensities along the line of sight. At a redshift of 3, light has travelled more than 11 billion years to reach Earth.
A plot of the number of galaxies as a function of redshift along a particular direction in the sky. Spikes in the counts correspond to newly identified protoclusters of galaxies. In this single field (CANDELS GOODS-S), the CWRU team identified 9
protoclusters as galaxy overdensities along the line of sight. At a redshift of 3, light has travelled more than 11 billion years to reach Earth.

CWRU Astronomers Find Young Galaxy Protoclusters in the Early Universe

Date posted: December 18th, 2015

A team of CWRU astronomers has recently identified 43 new protoclusters of galaxies, seen as they were 12 billion years in the past, when the Universe was only a few billion years old. …Read more.

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