News

  • 04/12/2021 - The Astronomy Department is proud to host the Illinois Astrofest on April 2021. It is open to everyone in the campus community, but registration is required. More information is found...

  • 03/24/2021 - Emeritus Astronomy Professor Laird Thompson has a newly published book. The book reflects on cosmic voids and the journey to have his findings accepted....

  • 02/09/2021 - The Department of Astronomy is sad to announce the passing of Professor Emeritus Lew Snyder.  He was a big influence on the Department for 30 years, serving as the Director of the Laboratory for...

  • 02/05/2021 - Congratulations to Prof. Emeritus You-Hua Chu for being named an AAS Fellow!  And congratulations to Illinois PhD alum (1984) John Hawley for also being named an AAS Fellow.

  • 11/12/2020 - We are happy to announce that the observatory roof will finally be renovated. The dome will be included, but we will keep it as original as possible. If you want to help with the Observatory...

  • 10/09/2020 - Alum Dr. Dom Segura-Cox led a team that included Prof. Looney that discovered multiple rings and gaps in the disk of a young star.  This is the youngest star that these structures have been seen in...

  • 10/07/2020 - Congratulations to Di Wen who successfully defended his thesis on Wednesday, October 7, 2020.

  • 10/01/2020 - A team led by Illinois astronomers Qian Yang (postdoctoral researcher), Prof. Yue Shen and Prof. Xin Liu discover the longest echos from the heart of faraway galaxies. Read more about it...

  • 09/29/2020 - Congratulations to Professor Brian Fields for being selected as a 2020 American Physical Society Fellow! He was recognized for his pioneering contributions to cosmology, nuclear and particle...

  • 09/10/2020 - The Fall 2020 Astronomy Newsletter has been published. Click here for details

  • 08/26/2020 - We are proud to announce that the James B. Kaler classroom is ready for learning. Friday, August 21st, we had the dedication via Zoom, which we recorded for those who could not attend....

  • 08/24/2020 - Congratulations to Ko-Yun (Monica) Huang who successfully defended her thesis on Friday, August 21, 2020. The title of her paper was "Mapping The Interstellar Magnetic Field: Observations of the...

  • 08/19/2020 - Professor Brian Fields and graduate students Ada Ertel and Jesse Miller have published a paper linking a supernova to a mass extinction millions of years ago....

  • 08/19/2020 - Congratulations to Wei-Ting Liao, who successfully defended her thesis on August 18, 2020. The title of her paper is "The evolution of the first stellar systems".

  • 08/14/2020 - As we begin to transition into Fall 2020, we have new Astronomy Office Guidelines.  As before, the main priority in this will be the safety of our faculty, staff, researchers, and students, as well...