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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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Prof. Emily Levesque receives Sloan Fellowship for outstanding early-career research

Astronomy professor Emily Levesque was awarded an early-career fellowship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Sloan Research fellowships “seek to stimulate fundamental research by early-caree…

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Seattle astronomer Woodruff Sullivan searches for life in the stars

LIKE MANY AN astronomer before him, Woodruff T. “Woody” Sullivan III works at night. All night, usually. While much of the world around him is sucked into vapid prime-time game shows and other distr…

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Remembering Prof. Erika Böhm-Vitense

The UW Astronomy Department notes with sadness the death of Dr. Erika Böhm-Vitense. Erika was born in 1923 in Germany. She received her Ph.D. from Kiel University in 1951. Erika and her astronomer…

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Astronomy is the quest to make the Universe comprehensible, an adventure into the beginning of time and through the infinite recesses of space.


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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