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Solar Eclipse 2017

August 21, 2017

UM astronomers spot the formation of new stars in a galaxy far, far away

Michigan graduate student Traci Johnson pushes the Hubble Space Telescope beyond its limits, to find the building blocks of star formation in a distant galaxy.

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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