Message from the Department Chair

Welcome to Astronomy!

Research, Teaching, and Service: here in beautiful Campbell Hall, we excel at all three. From the breakthrough scientific discoveries made by our students and faculty; to our continuously innovated and increasingly popular classes; to our unstinting efforts in creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for faculty, students, postdocs, and staff, the Berkeley Astronomy Department is second to none in empowering everyone — career astronomers and the lay public alike — to explore the Universe.

May this website serve to connect you with our Berkeley Astronomy community and the kaleidoscopic variety of our activities. Please reach out to us — as astronomers, our life’s work is to talk about literally everything: “all that is or was or ever will be.”


Eliot Quataert, Department Chair




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Faculty Highlight


Raffaella Margutti
Associate Professor of Astronomy and Physics

Raffaella Margutti received her undergraduate degree in Astrophysics in 2006 (magna cum laude), and her PhD

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