Welcome to the Department of Astronomy!

The NMSU Department of Astronomy strives to develop and communicate the human endeavor to understand the Universe. We accomplish this through continuing development of knowledge in our research program, as well as through our graduate and undergraduate course offerings. Our graduate program provides students the opportunity to become deeply involved in research, and educates students in skills that are useful for a variety of careers. Our undergraduate program educates students in critical thinking in the context of concepts in astronomy. The Department provides outreach to the community to spread knowledge and understanding.

The Department operates the Apache Point Observatory on behalf of the Astrophysical Research Consortium, of which it is a member, and also the Dunn Solar Telescope and Visitor Center at the Sunspot Solar Observatory. The Department also hosts the NASA Planetary Data System Atmosphere Node. 

Please explore our site and learn about the exciting work we are doing. See our calendar for upcoming events and Department talks.