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. Learn more about our ongoing research, our faculty, staff, and students, and all the new things happening in CWRU Astronomy.


The CWRU Department of Astronomy stands in solidarity with our Black colleagues and fellow citizens across the United States in expressing what should be a clear moral absolute: that people of color should enjoy the same freedoms as other Americans to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We condemn the de facto system of racial oppression that leads to pervasive police brutality up to and including the extrajudicial murders of Black Americans like George Floyd and far too many others.


Stacy McGaugh Discusses Dark Matter on “Cosmic Controversy” Podcast

In the latest episode of “The Cosmic Controversy Podcast”, science journalist Bruce Dorminey talks with CWRU Astronomy Professor and Chair Stacy McGaugh about the dark matter problem in astrophysics and cosmology.

Dark Matter in Disk Galaxies

This June, CWRU Astro graduate student Pengfei Li successfully defended his doctoral thesis “The Dark Matter Problem in Rotationally Supported Galaxies”, under the supervision of Professor Stacy McGaugh.

CWRU Astro student Chris Carr interviews Neil deGrasse Tyson

This spring, while visiting the Department of Astronomy at Columbia University, CWRU astronomy senior Chris Carr had a chance to meet noted astrophysicist and science educator Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Harry Potter visits CWRU Astro

On April 1 2019, CWRU Astronomy found itself in the middle of magical turmoil, as Harry Potter and his friends battled the forces of Lord Voldemort to save the Hubble Space Telescope.

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