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.



A Stellar Contribution

Date posted: November 30th, 2015

We are always grateful for the strong support we receive from our alumni and friends. CWRU alumnus Walter Bonsack (’54) got his start in astronomy as an undergraduate, using the Burrell Schmidt (located at the time in East Cleveland) to study the chemical composition of early type stars. …Read more.


Happy Halloween 2015

Date posted: October 28th, 2015

Happy Halloween 2015 from CWRU Astronomy!
Each year we carve astro-themed pumpkins to celebrate Halloween. This year we had starry-eyed pumpkin, M101 pumpkin, Star Wars Rebel Alliance pumpkin, and more! …Read more.


Galaxy Recycling: the Origins of Tidal Dwarf Galaxies

Date posted: September 22nd, 2015

In a new paper published in the research journal Astronomy & Astrophysics, an international team of astronomers led by CWRU Astronomy postdoct Federico Lelli investigate the origin, structure, and dynamics of “tidal dwarf galaxies” (TDGs). …Read more.


The FGK Star Spectral Library

Date posted: September 8th, 2015

A new research facility is now online hosted by the CWRU Astronomy Department – Prof Earle Luck’s FGK Star Spectral Library.  The library contains high resolution spectra (R from 30000 to 60000 with wavelength coverage from 400 to 700 nm depending on the source) of more than 1500 F,G, and K stars of all luminosity classes including spectra of more than 300 Cepheid variables.  …Read more.

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