Department of Astronomy
Thanks to the first working microphone to traverse the surface of Mars, the sound of a tiny, extraterrestrial dust tornado has reached Earth.Read More
Global Cornell will host a town hall in December for additional feedback and announce the new Global Grand Challenge theme in the coming year.Read More
“This is the first time we see concrete evidence of photochemistry – chemical reactions initialized by energetic stellar light – on exoplanets.”Read More
In Photos: See Giant Planet Jupiter Looking Its Best In New Images Just Back From NASA’s Juno Spacecraft
"Close-ups of Jupiter and its gorgeous cloud-tops star in the latest batch of images sent back from NASA’s Juno orbiter."Read More
Ze-Wen Koh plans to pursue a doctorate in planetary science after graduation.Read More
Together the Department of Astronomy and Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science represent one of the world’s leading institutes for space science with over 110 active researchers. Research emphases include cosmology, solar system exploration, exoplanet science, and fundamental astrophysics. Graduate students, early career researchers and undergraduates, are actively engaged in current NASA missions, NSF consortia, and CCAT-Prime/FYST. The department and center also run an extensive and robust outreach program to the broader community.
Department of Astronomy research
The Department of Astronomy is a leading center of astrophysics and planetary science research.
"When an exoplanet eclipses its star, a portion of the starlight filters through the planet's atmosphere. Space telescopes such as JWST can capture the light and identify gases based on how they absorb specific wavelengths. But hazes and clouds sometimes get in the way."
By Zack Savitsky, Science Magazine
The Astronomy Major at Cornell University is designed to be flexible so that it can be customized to the needs of each student.
Astronomy offers a wide variety of world-class research opportunities in astronomy, astrophysics and space science, with strong multidisciplinary connections, and a friendly and supportive atmosphere.
Reaching beyond campus
In the spirit of the renowned Cornell Professor Carl Sagan, the Department of Astronomy reaches beyond campus in numerous ways. The Spacecraft Planetary Image Facility (SPIF) is a repository of spacecraft data, a facilitator of research, and a hub for PreK-12 education and public outreach activities. Ask an Astronomer has been answering questions from the curious since 1997. The Cornell Astronomical Society conducts viewing nights at the Fuertes Observatory and offers educational programing to the public.