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Dr. Megan Reiter is part of a team that found a jet from a Massive Young Stellar Object (MYSO) in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC)

In fact, this is only the second object of this type that astronomers have confirmed outside of our Milky Way

Fireball Over Michigan

If you were outside at 8:30 PM on January 16 in southeastern Michigan, you saw a spectacular celestial event – a fireball streaking across the sky.

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.