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Astronomers Discover Dizzying Spin of the Milky Way Galaxy’s “Halo”

“The rotation of the hot halo is an incredible clue to how the Milky Way formed” - Edmund Hodges-Kluck, Assistant Research Scientist

Relics of the Milky Way's First Generation of Stars

"The researchers have detected traces of sulfur and phosphorus in a second-generation star in the Milky Way."

The University of Michigan Department of Astronomy may have established one of the first research observatories in the Midwest more than 150 years ago, but more than anything, it’s a young and vibrant department. That’s because we’ve spent the last decade hiring exceptional faculty, investing in high-profile facilities, and restructuring our curriculum — all to propel our graduates into the top ranks of the field. We invite you to explore our website or download our graduate viewbook, "The Full Spectrum" to learn more.

The Michigan Institute for Research in Astrophysics (MIRA) was launched in 2014 to leverage astrophysics expertise from across the university and advance the field through themed conferences, collaborative research and related efforts. Learn more.

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We strive to support our students and faculty on the frontlines of learning and research; to steward our planet, our community, our campus. To do this, the Department of Astronomy needs you—because the world needs Victors.