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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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    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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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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Resolving the intergalactic medium with tomographic reconstructions

Despite keen interest in how clusters form, the study of early cluster formation is … More

News from the Nebula

Gemini Planet Imager’s first light image of Beta Pictoris b (to lower right of center), a planet orbiting the star Beta Pictoris. Light from the star is blocked in this image by a mask so it doesn’t interfere with the light of the planet. (Processing by Christian Marois, NRC Canada)

UC Berkeley Astronomers Lead New NASA-Funded Search for Habitable Planets

Department of Astronomy faculty member James Graham will lead one of the 16 new projects funded … More

Friends and Fans

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Get Involved With Astronomy!

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