Friends of Astronomy

In 1992 the Department officially inaugurated a group called "Friends of Astronomy" composed mostly of Cornell alumni and friends. This has been a very happy experience with significant interaction between the department and our friends in the wider world.

Anyone with an interest in all things astronomical here at Cornell is welcome to join the Friends of Astronomy group.  If interested in finding out more about the group, write to

  • Tuesday Apr 16th @ 8 pm EDT

    We invite you to participate in our next Cornell Friends of Astronomy presentation and discussion on Tuesday, April 16th at 8 pm EDT entitled
    "The Landscape of Stellar Death". Professor Anna Ho will describe her transformational research on the lives and deaths of stars, as well as the after-lives of their corpses. This work uses telescopes located in deserts and on mountaintops all over Earth, as well as on satellites in low-Earth orbit, to study how a star's properties determine its manner of death and the type of corpse it forms — for example, whether that corpse is a neutron star or a black hole.

    The event will take place over Zoom on Tue, Apr 16th from 8:00 pm to 8:45 pm EDT. There will be some free time for open discussion and reminiscences by participants from 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm and further Q/A from 8:45 pm to 9:30 pm as needed. The presentation will begin promptly at 8pm. 

  • Wednesday May 22nd @ 8pm EDT
    "Alien Earths"

    Organizer: Lisa Kaltenegger

For a Zoom link, please write to


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