Swift Slideshow

Michigan Astronomy Becomes Swift Mission Partner
Department gains privileged access to multi-wavelength observations for long-term and rapid-response targets. More.

Michigan Astro Welcomes Exoplanet Specialist Emily Rauscher to Its Faculty
Learn about her career and expertise here. Image credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI).

Local Group Slideshow Image

MIRA Hosts Local Group Astrostatistics Conference June 1-4, 2015 | Deadlines:
Jan. 16: Contributed talk proposals | April 3: Registration.
Credit: Miloslav Druckmuller. More.

Monoceros Ring
Work by graduate student Colin Slater and Prof. Eric Bell was recently highlighted by the journal Nature. More.

Prof. Sharon’s Work Featured
Prof. Keren Sharon was part of the team whose work was featured in a recent Hubble Space Telescope press release. More.

Tracing Carbon
Astronomy Professor Ted Bergin’s new grant draws interdisciplinary expertise to trace the origins and fate of Earth’s carbon. Image: Tim Wetherell. More.

Water in your bottle

The Water in Your Bottle Might Be Older Than the Sun
Up to half of the water on Earth is likely older than the solar system itself, University of Michigan astronomers theorize. More.

Location of Nova Delphinus 2013
A MIRC image reveals surprising details of a young nova. More.

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We've Moved!
Our new address is 311 West Hall 1085 South University Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1107.

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.