The Department of Astronomy offers undergraduate and graduate instruction in a wide variety of fields, including theoretical and observational astrophysics; infrared, optical, and radio astronomy; galactic structure and dynamics of stellar systems; high-energy astrophysics and cosmology; and spectroscopy. A considerable amount of research and teaching related to astronomy is done in other units at Berkeley, including the Space Science Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and the Physics Department. Various professors in the Chemistry, Earth and Planetary Science, Mathematics, Statistics, and Engineering departments have an active interest in astronomy and are available for consultation.

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  • Image of Campbell Hall, home of the Department of Astronomy:

    Campbell Hall, home of the Department of Astronomy

    This new state-of-the-art facility houses our faculty, members, and our in-house research units, resources, and labs.

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    Campbell Hall Rooftop Dome Observatory

    The Rooftop Dome Observatory, featuring the Richard Treffers Telescope, is just one of many department research and observing resources. Photo by Michael O'Callahan Photography.

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    Remain Fashionable Anywhere in the Universe

    Check out department merch under our Friends and Fans section!

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    Help Restore Leuschner Observatory!

    Read about the efforts to restore Leuschner Observatory in Department News (Photos Cathy Dausman)

Prospective Students

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Why Berkeley Astronomy

Find out how UC Berkeley Astronomy can assist in your journey for higher education. More

Astronomy Events

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Exoplanets: Under a Microscope, and Through a Wide-field Lens

The Solar System furnishes the most familiar planetary architecture: many planets, orbiting … More

News from the Nebula

Spinrad in 1995, upon announcing that he had obtained the first image of what was then the most distant galaxy, at a redshift of 4.25. Jane Scherr photo.

Galaxy hunter Hyron Spinrad dies at 81

Remembering Galactic researcher, Berkeley alumni, and Department of Astronomy Professor Emeritus Dr. Hyron "Hy" Spinrad. More

Friends and Fans

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Get Involved With Astronomy!

Find ways to support and join in on department fun. More