Astronomy and Astrophysics concerns itself with everything from the small-scale to the large-scale structure of the universe with the basic concept that the observed light emission is entirely dependent on the physical properties of the source and the objects in between. This encompasses the general picture of the Universe in its broadest sense from atoms to galaxies and beyond.

The Astronomy program at Tufts offers courses for both science and non-science majors and seeks to include undergraduates in its ongoing research projects.

Research Areas

  • Observational extragalactic astronomy – Prof. Danilo Marchesini and Prof. Anna Sajina are active in the study of galaxy formation and evolution. This research involves obtaining and analyzing data from major ground-based and space-borne observatories — including the Very Large Array in New Mexico, the National Optical Astronomy Observatories in Arizona and    Chile, the Keck Telescope in Hawaii, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Herschel Space Telescope.  Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to become actively involved with these research endeavors. To learn more about ongoing research, click on the links to the websites of Prof. Marchesini and Prof. Sajina below.
  • Solar Physics – Prof. Ken Lang, and Prof. Robert Wilson are engaged in solar physics research based on data from the Very Large Array in New Mexico, the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, (SOHO) as well as the Ramaty High Energy Spectroscopic Imager (RHESSI). To learn more follow this link: Solar Physics.

Faculty: Prof. Ken LangProf. Danilo MarchesiniProf. Anna Sajina | Prof. Robert Willson

Graduate Students: Mustafa Bozkurt | Z. Cemile Marsan | Eric Roebuck | Andrea Silva | Catherine Weigel

Scientific Staff: Alejandro Bedregal