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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.


Distant Red Giants Discovered in the Milky Way’s Outer Halo

Date posted: May 5th, 2017

Red giant stars are the most luminous ones found in a population of old stars, and so are particularly useful to study the early history of the Milky Way. “We use these stars like fossils, because in many cases their chemistry and motions have been unchanged since they were formed more than 10 Gyr ago”, says CWRU astronomer Heather Morrison. …Read more.

CWRU Virgo Cluster Survey now available online

Date posted: December 8th, 2016

This fall marks the full public release of CWRU Astronomy’s Burrell Schmidt Deep Virgo Survey. Over the course of seven observing seasons from 2004 through 2011, CWRU astronomer Chris Mihos and collaborators used the Burrell Schmidt telescope to conduct deep wide-field imaging of the nearby Virgo Cluster of galaxies. …Read more.

Pumpkin Carving 2016

Date posted: November 1st, 2016

Every year CWRU Astronomy holds a Halloween pumpkin carving event for faculty, staff, and students. This year added an extra treat — a campus-wide power outage in the middle of the carving! …Read more.

New Radial Acceleration Law Discovered for Rotating Galaxies

Date posted: September 22nd, 2016

A new radial acceleration relation found among spiral and irregular galaxies challenges current understanding – and possibly existence – of dark matter.
In the late 1970s, astronomers Vera Rubin and Albert Bosma independently found that spiral galaxies rotate at a nearly constant speed: the velocity of stars and gas inside a galaxy does not decrease with radius, as one would expect from Newton’s laws and the distribution of visible matter, but remains approximately constant. …Read more.

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