Astronomy & Planetary Science
The astrophysics and planetary physics program investigates the physics governing the origin, evolution, and current state of our solar system and the universe.
Ongoing research involves the search for and characterization of exoplanets (planets that orbit stars other than the Sun), exploration of Saturn’s moon Titan (the only moon with an atmosphere and lakes), studies of the physics of impact cratering on the Moon and Mars, and theoretical investigations of the dynamics of exoplanets and supernovae.
We use computer modeling along with observations from spacecraft and ground-based telescopes in our work. We have on-campus observing facilities and telescopes for use in teaching and community outreach.