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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    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

Astronomy Events

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Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA): Overview, The First Science Results, and Future Opportunities

The joint U.S. and German Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), to develop … More

News from the Nebula

A radio image of Jupiter from the VLA at three wavelengths; Image by Imke de Pater, Michael H. Wong (UC Berkeley), Robert J. Sault (Univ. Melbourne). A Hubble Space Telescope image of the galaxy UGC 9391; The observations for this composite image were taken between 2012 and 2013 by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3. (Image by NASA, ESA, and A. Riess [STScI/JHU])

Recent Faculty Discoveries Include Learning What's Under Jupiter's Clouds and the Most Precise Measurement of Universal Expansion to Date

Professors Imke de Pater and Alex Filippenko have each released information pertaining to findings regarding their respective research last Friday. More

Friends and Fans

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Get Involved With Astronomy!

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