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Reaching for the Stars -- and Exoplanets

The College of Arts and Sciences recently featured Lupita Tovar, a UW undergraduate, Pre-MAP alum, and incoming Astronomy & Astrobiology graduate student. See an excerpt of the Perspectives Ne…

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Arachnoastronomy?

On an ordinary day, UW postdoctoral researcher Jamie Lomax studies stars, using polarimetry and coronagraphy to find stellar companions, to identify planet-forming disks, and to understand mass lo…

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UW Astronomy featured in Wired Magazine article about Coding in Astronomy

Past and current members of the UW Astronomy Department were recently featured in a Wired Magazine article about Coding in Astronomy:

“Back when telescopes produced less data, astronomers could get b…

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Outreach for the stars: UW Planetarium brings astronomy education to kids of all ages

Every Friday they gather. They collect at the foot of the astronomy building’s pendulum and wait for an eager volunteer to guide them into the darkness. They are old, young, and middle-aged, but abo…

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Graduate student John Ruan named recipient of Dan David Prize Scholarship

UW Astronomy graduate student John Ruan was recently announced as a forthcoming recipient of a 2017 Dan David Prize Scholarship, an international award for advanced doctoral students or postdoctor…

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The Astronomy Department at the University of Washington (UW) began in 1965 and has grown to 15 full and part-time faculty, approximately 20 postdocs, and 30 graduate students. Like every department at the UW, our goals and responsibilities can be summarized as excellence in education, research, and public service. The Astronomy Department provides the most engaging and challenging of research opportunities covering the spectrum of modern astrophysics. Courses provide the background; the close, diverse community of learning provides the excitement; and the array of observational and computational tools provides the opportunities for everyone to participate and learn together.

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