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.



SPARC Galaxy Database

Date posted: August 26th, 2016

The new Spitzer Photometry and Accurate Rotation Curves (SPARC) database is publicly available online. Created by team leaders Federico Lelli and Stacy McGaugh (CWRU Astronomy) and Jim Schombert (UOregon Physics), SPARC is a sample of 175 disk galaxies covering a broad range of morphologies (S0 to Irr), luminosities (107 to 1012 Lsun), and sizes (0.3 to 15 kpc). …Read more.


Shaking up Dark Matter at the World Science Festival

Date posted: June 3rd, 2016

For years, the reigning model for cosmology argues that the universe is filled with unseen dark matter, believed to comprise the bulk of the mass in the universe. However, despite painstaking searches, scientists have yet to detect particles which would make up this dark matter. …Read more.


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.


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.

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