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Travel to Ecuador, Nicaragua or the Philippines during winter break Dec. 27, 2016 to Jan. 9, 2017. Application deadline Sunday, Sept. 18. Apply for ASB

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Parent Orientation

Students and parents can learn their way around campus and discover the many opportunities at UI. Orientation events are Aug. 18-21. Register

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Astronomy & Planetary Science

The astronomy and planetary science program investigates the physics governing the origin, evolution, and current state of our solar system and the universe.

Research

Ongoing research at University of Idaho includes the search for and characterization of exoplanets (planets that orbit stars other than the Sun). We also study Saturn’s moon Titan, the only moon with an atmosphere and lakes, and the physics of impact cratering on the Moon and Mars. Finally, we use theoretical techniques to understand the dynamics of exoplanets and supernovae.

Facilities

The facilities in the astronomy and planetary science group include:

  • Computing facilities
  • On-campus observing facilities and telescopes for teaching and community outreach

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Students performing research in astronomy and planetary science will gain experience in a highly interdisciplinary field with elements of physics, chemistry and geology. Students can choose projects.

For More Information

For more information about the astronomy and planetary science research program at Idaho contact:

Waves on an Alien World

UI physics researchers find first evidence of waves in Titan’s methane seas

Read about Professor Jason Barnes's research >

UI Researchers Help Decode New View of Saturn’s Moon Titan, Contribute to Cassini Mission

A team of NASA researchers around the nation, including Physics Assistant Professor Jason Barnes and his team of students, revealed this week a new view of Saturn’s moon Titan.

Read more about Jason Barnes and Matt Hedman's work >

Gwen Barnes

Research Assistant Professor

Engineering-Physics 325

(208) 885-6809

gbarnes@uidaho.edu

Research: Astronomy & Planetary Science
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Jason W. Barnes

Associate Professor

Engineering-Physics 331

(208) 885-7469

jwbarnes@uidaho.edu

Research: Astronomy & Planetary Science
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Matthew M. Hedman

Assistant Professor

Engineering-Physics 323

(208) 885-6389

mhedman@uidaho.edu

Research: Astronomy & Planetary Science
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Contact

Department of Physics

Physical Address:
Engineering-Physics Rm 311

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 0903
Moscow, ID 83844-0903

Phone: (208) 885-6380

Fax: (208) 885-4055

Web: Department of Physics