Whirlpool Galaxy

Credit: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI), and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA).

Circumstellar Disk

Disks and Planet Formation Conference
Held October 12-14, 2014

Credit: NASA/FUSE/Lynette Cook

Local Group Astrostatistics Conference
Held June 1-4, 2015

Credit: Miloslav Druckmuller

The Solar-Stellar Connection Workshop
Held May 18-19, 2015

Credit: A.Aarnio, NASA/SOHO, NASA/SDQ data


The Michigan Institute for Research in Astrophysics (MIRA) was launched in 2014 to help the University of Michigan play a greater role in pushing the frontiers of astrophysics. MIRA’s approach is to encourage collaboration by assembling expertise from across the university, where researchers from various departments are working on aspects of the big astrophysical questions of our time. We then help focus this expertise on topics where we can leverage our strengths with those of other leading scientists to quicken the pace of discovery. We invite you to join us!

MIRA provides:

  • Themed, frontier research campaigns featuring workshops, conferences, and visiting scholars

  • Seminars with international experts

  • A forum for harnessing interdepartmental expertise on topics in which U-M can provide service and leadership to the global astrophysics community

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MIRA Conferences

Local Group Astrostatistics:
Bridging Observations and Simulations

held June 1-4, 2015

Circumstellar Disks and Planet Formation Conference Information
held October 12-14, 2014

MIRA Founding Departments