Utah Astronomy

the astro group — department of physics and astronomy

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Welcome! This webpage, hosted by the Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Utah, describes some of the people, projects and activities of the Astro Group here at The U.


Our group is a new and growing team of observers and theorists. Our research expertise now includes cosmology, galactic and stellar astronomy, high energy physics and particle astrophysics, as well as planet formation and relativistic astrophysics. We have access to facilities such as the Hubble Space Telescope, Keck Observatory, and a 40,000-processor NASA supercomputer.

Our University is a member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey collaboration (SDSS III, including the APOGEE, SEGUE, and BOSS projects, as well as the upcoming SDSS-IV). The U is also a part of the Telescope Array cosmic ray experiment, the Veritas gamma-ray astronomy project, and HAWC, which is sensitive to both cosmic rays and gamma rays.

Astronomy at the U

In addition to our research, we provide courses to help graduate and undergrad students come up to speed in cutting-edge research. Opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students abound! If you are a prospective graduate student please check out our grad program. If you are an undergraduate with an interest in astronomy, explore an astrophysics major or minor to open up your Universe.