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Academic Events

The department hosts a number of regularly scheduled scholarly talks and meetings that welcome interested guests. Click the drop-down for a description of each event. Dates, times, and Dennison Building room numbers are provided.

Astro Coffee

The department holds a regular coffee discussion of current astronomical research during Fall and Winter semesters. (Summer schedules vary.) Members of the department can access a list of presenters and papers on the astro coffee internal wiki site.

View the Google Calendar

Graduate Talks

Graduate students present their research on Wednesdays from 1-2pm during the Fall and Winter semesters.


Star, Planet and Formation Journal Club

The Star, Planet, and Formation (SPF) Journal Club meets every Tuesday afternoon, 3:10 - 4:00pm in 411 West Hall. You can join the SPF group via CTools.

Extreme Astrophysics Journal Club

Extreme Astrophysics meetings focus on phenomena related to deep gravitational potentials: compact objects; high-energy astrophysics; galaxy clusters and so on. At each meeting participants review a paper from the literature or present aspects of their own research.

We aim for vigorous, accessible discussions with a focus on physics and methods. Presentations should not look like conference talks; instead, we encourage an informal teaching style that a first-year graduate student would understand. (The preparation should be easy — whiteboards are fine; no PowerPoints necessary.)

You can find our schedule on the Extreme Astrophysics CTools website. Join this site by going to My Workspace → Membership → Joinable Site. You must have a uniqname or friend account to join.

External speakers are welcome. For more information contact:

Astrochemistry: Molecule Fun

Molecule Fun addresses the physics of molecules in astronomy (such as molecular clouds and star formation). The group meets in the Owl room. To receive announcements of meeting times and topics, join the email group (a uniquname or friend account is required to join). Contact Ted Bergin for more information or if you don't have a uniqname or friend account.

Physics Events

The Physics Department hosts Physics Colloquia, High-Energy Physics/Astro Seminars, and a Cosmology Group, which often have presentations of interest to Astronomy and Astrophysics researchers.

Galaxy Group

The Galaxy Group meets weekly on Mondays at 11 in West Hall 411.  Our meetings encompass the vast range of topics in Galactic Astronomy, from Galaxy Clusters and AGN to Galactic Dynamics and the Intra-Cluster Medium to the Milky Way and Galaxy simulations.  Each week, different participants present either their own research or a review of a recently published paper relevant to the field.  If you are interested in joining the Galaxy Group e-mail list or have any additional questions, please e-mail 

Tea & Colloquia

U-M and visiting astronomers present their findings and field questions. Colloquia are generally preceded by tea and cookies in 302 West Hall at 3:00. 

View the Google Calendar for Tea & Colloquia. For more information, please contact