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

Upcoming Events:

  • Saturday, July 15

    We are pleased to open registration for our special one-day symposium designed specifically for the Cornell Friends of Astronomy and alumni of the Department of Astronomy:
    "Gas-trophysics across the Universe"

Gas fills the space between the planets, between the stars and between the galaxies. As in the Earth's atmosphere, gas clouds exist with different temperatures and densities. Gas reveals turbulent weather on the planets, fuels star formation in galaxies and tells us that dark matter must exist. This symposium will explore the characteristics and importance of gas across the Universe as embodied in the lifetime work of our two late colleagues Peter Gierasch and Riccardo Giovanelli and the colleagues and students they influenced.

The symposium will be held on-campus on Saturday July 15th, 2023 and will include lunch and an optional dinner. To register to attend in event in-person, please register here.

Registration for the in-person event must be submitted by June 23, 2023. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate additional in-person attendees after that date.

A remote option via Zoom will also be available; details on how to register to receive the Zoom link will be forthcoming.

We hope to see you one way or the other, many of you in-person. It's been a long time!

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