Astronomy News

NASA's Three-Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto Reaches Historic Encounter

Published Date:July 14, 2015

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is at Pluto. After a decade-long journey through our solar system, New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto Tuesday.

Published Date: July 14, 2015


What can we learn from the first close-up look at Pluto via NASA's New Horizon probe?

Published Date:July 14, 2015

Astronomy buffs and anyone intrigued by Pluto (okay, pretty much everyone) should be excited about the first ever close-up view of Pluto via NASA's New Horizon probe. Charles Gammie, professor of astronomy and physics, explains why this is a big deal.

Published Date: July 14, 2015


You-Hua Chu and Rukmani Vijayaraghavan

Rukmani Vijayaraghavan Named First Chu Award Winner

Published Date:June 1, 2015

Graduate student Rukmani Vijayaraghavan has been named the first recipient of the Mr. and Mrs. Hsiang-Pai and Wen-Hua Chu Department of Astronomy Excellence in Research Graduate Student Award. Congratulations!

Published Date: June 1, 2015


Jim Kaler's websites surpass 10 million views

Published Date:May 16, 2015

Professor Emeritus Jim Kaler educational websites, including the ever-popular Star of the Week and STARS, have surpassed 10 million views since 1997! Many thanks to Jim for his amazing websites!

Published Date: May 16, 2015


Katrina Litke wins Ryan and Wyatt Awards

Published Date:May 3, 2015

The Astronomy Department congratulates 2015 graduate Katrina Litke on winning the Layla S. Ryan Scholarship, the Wyatt Memorial Award, and for being selected as a Class of 2015 Senior 100 Honorary. You make us proud!

Published Date: May 3, 2015