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About Us


The Michigan Institute for Research in Astrophysics (MIRA) was founded by the Departments of Astronomy; Physics; and Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, and is supported by the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan. It aims to foster excellence in astrophysics research by assembling talent from across the university and focusing it on areas of inquiry in which U-M can offer service and leadership to the global astrophysics community. MIRA supports frontier research campaigns, workshops, conferences, seminars, and visiting scholars.

MIRA was approved by the university in 2013 and launched in 2014.


MIRA's goals are to:

  • Leverage U-M’s strengths to spur discovery in the astrophysical sciences.
  • Enrich the intellectual climate for astrophysical research at U-M.
  • Foster interdepartmental collaboration.
  • Build partnerships between U-M and leading researchers in the U.S. and around the globe.
  • Enhance student involvement in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary science.
  • Nurture diversity within the field of astrophysics at U-M.