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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    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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    Astronomy Night: A New Stargazing and Lecture Event!

    On the first Thursday of the month come join our department for a lecture and guided stargazing! Visit our events page for full details.

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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)

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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.

Prospective Students

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Why Berkeley Astronomy

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

News from the Nebula

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How to Safely View the Eclipse: Tips from Professor Alex Filippenko

Anyone planning to observe the eclipse should obtain a pair of certified eclipse glasses (see American Astronomical Society recommendations). While the glasses should be removed during the couple of minutes of totality, they must be worn when looking at the eclipse leading up to and following totality, or when viewing the partial eclipse from outside the zone of totality. The total solar eclipse – the first visible from the continental U.S. since 1979 – will traverse the entire country in a band about 70 miles wide, beginning the morning of Monday, Aug. 21, on the Oregon coast and ending 90 minutes later, in mid-afternoon, off the coast of South Carolina. Many millions of people along the path of totality are expected to watch as the moon eclipses the sun, while even more outside the path of totality will see a partial solar eclipse.  More

Friends and Fans

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Get Involved With Astronomy!

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