Astronomers observe star destroyed by black hole
Astronomers observe a star destroyed by a black hole. Read more in the Chandra press release or XMM-Newton press release.

Hot Jupiter: Discovery of two close-in planet companions sheds new light on planet formation
Representative image of a hot Jupiter. Image courtesy: NASA Read more

Michael Meyer to join U-M Astronomy Department
The Dept. of Astronomy is excited to announce that Prof. Michael Meyer (currently at ETH Zurich) will be joining our department in the Fall of 2016.

Astronomical survey reveals spectacular galaxy halos
Composite image of an edge-on spiral galaxy with a radio halo produced by fast-moving particles in the galaxy's magnetic field. Read more

Dr. Hazel Losh

Hazel "Doc" Losh was one of the most beloved professors at Michigan. Read more about her on the UM Heritage site.

Work by Dr. Yuan Li is helping astronomers understand how giant elliptical galaxies can continue forming stars long after it looks like they should have stopped. <a href=Read More" title="Work by Dr. Yuan Li is helping astronomers understand how giant elliptical galaxies can continue forming stars long after it looks like they should have stopped. Read More" />

Cool Gas and Active Galaxies
Work by Dr. Yuan Li is helping astronomers understand how giant elliptical galaxies can continue forming stars long after it looks like they should have stopped. Read More

Astronomers find 'teeny supermassive black hole'
U of M astronomers have found the smallest black hole ever observed in the center of a galaxy.

'Starspot' images give insights into early sun
Images of sunspots on a star outside our solar system challenges our understanding of the Sun. Read More...

Welcome to Astronomy

The University of Michigan Department of Astronomy may have established one of the first research observatories in the Midwest more than 150 years ago, but more than anything, it’s a young and vibrant department. That’s because we’ve spent the last decade hiring exceptional faculty, investing in high-profile facilities, and restructuring our curriculum — all to propel our graduates into the top ranks of the field. We invite you to explore our website or download our graduate viewbook, Transformations, to learn more.

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Meet MIRA

The Michigan Institute for Research in Astrophysics (MIRA) was launched in 2014 to leverage astrophysics expertise from across the university and advance the field through themed conferences, collaborative research and related efforts. Learn more.