Hydrogen clouds in the M81 group of galaxies.

Undergraduate students have the opportunity to work alongside graduate students and faculty members exploring both observational and theoretical research fields including cosmology, radio astronomy, planetary science, computational astrophysics, astronomical instrumentation, stellar astrophysics, and extragalactic astronomy.

Astronomy has a wide variety of resources for research, its most anticipated addition being the Large Millimeter Telescope in Mexico. Its enormous collecting area and high angular resolution will enable cosmological studies of forming galaxies in the early universe, as well as detailed mapping of galaxies in the local universe with unprecedented sensitivity.

Astronomy also operates several high-performance parallel Beowulf-type computers for computational studies. These computer clusters are currently used to simulate the growth of structure in a cold dark matter-dominated universe and to study galaxy dynamics and interactions.