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
Department of Astronomy
“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
Partygoers enjoyed space-themed cupcakes, peered through the telescope and pored over a display of observatory instruments to celebrate Fuertes Observatory's 100th birthday.Read More
The Department of Astronomy is one of the leading centers for astronomical research in the world. The department places strong emphasis on the participation of students in ongoing research projects and strives to foster an interdisciplinary approach to solving astronomical problems by maintaining strong ties with other departments. Many undergraduate and graduate alumni of Cornell astronomy have become leaders in the field. The department is also actively engaged in outreach to the broader community.
Department of Astronomy research
The Department of Astronomy is a leading center of astrophysics and planetary science research.
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.