Expanding universe. Expanding mind.

Think outside the world

If you are interested in solving large problems with big ideas, Astronomy has a degree program for you.
In our programs, you will expand your mind using tools that can be applied to multiple problems.
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Astronomy News

Read article: Girls' Astronomy Summer Camp 2024
Girls' Astronomy Summer Camp 2024
                                                  This summer camp for high school students will be focused on hands-on astronomy projects. Join this...
Read article: Professor Gautham Narayan promoted to Associate Professor
Professor Gautham Narayan promoted to Associate Professor
Professor Gautham Narayan has been approved by the Urbana-Champaign Campus Promotion & Tenure Committee for promotion to Associate Processor with indefinite tenure! Let us take a moment to congratulate Professor Gautham Narayan on this great accomplishment.
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Read article: Founding NCSA Director to receive honorary degree at Commencement
Founding NCSA Director to receive honorary degree at Commencement
Astronomers and astrophysicists including Tony Wong, Helvi Witek, Athol Kemball, Fred Lamb, Jon Thaler, and Inga Karliner meet with founding NCSA director Larry Smarr at the Institute for Genomic Biology.  Smarr will receive an honorary degree at Commencement.
Read article: Locally Growing Astronomy at the Farmer's Market
Locally Growing Astronomy at the Farmer's Market
UIUC Astronomy graduate students Liam Nolan, Alex Green, Margaret Shepard, and Tanner Murphy and Astronomy undergrad Ferdinand Ferdinand hosted the Science at the Market booth at the Urbana Farmer's Market, allowing more than 380 visitors to participate in safe solar viewing and other astronomy...
Read article: Successful Thesis Defense by Dr. Kedar Phadke
Successful Thesis Defense by Dr. Kedar Phadke
We want to congratulate the successful thesis defense of the newly minted Dr. Kedar Phadke. He is pictured celebrating the amazing news. The committee members that joined the celebration are Professor Joaquin Vieira, Professor Felipe Menanteau, Professor Paul Ricker (Remote), and Department Chair...

Astronomy Events

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Real data, real experiences

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The universe provides plenty of room for exploration. Astronomy classes make use of vast, modern datasets to give you hands-on experience with real data. 

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Help celebrate our centennial by reaching for the stars.

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100 gifts for 100 years

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In celebration of the department’s centennial, we’re asking for your help to replenish the department’s annual fund. Our goal is 100 gifts for 100 years.

Illustration of observable universe

Introduction to Astronomy

Learn the basic concepts of modern astronomy, from the Solar System to the Big Bang.

ASTR 100

heat map of universe

Introduction to Astrophysics

Survey of modern astronomy for students with background in physics.

ASTR 210

Hubble image of universe

The Big Bang, Black Holes, and the End of the Universe

Studies the origin, evolution, and eventual fate of the universe, and the scientific tools used to study these issues.

ASTR 350

Stephens quartet galaxy

Galaxies and the Universe

Explore elementary aspects of physical cosmology, including galaxies in our Local Group, starburst galaxies, and quasars.

ASTR 406

Computer generated model

Computing in Astronomy

An introduction to the use of computers in astrophysics research.

ASTR 310

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Astronomy picture of the day

Discover the cosmos with NASA.gov. Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.