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Welcome to the Department of Astronomy!

Astronomy is the study of the universe to understand how it works and how it came to be. The Department of Astronomy at New Mexico State University is a leading group in many areas of astronomical research and education. We offer a PhD in various theoretical and observational astronomy fields. Of particular interest may be our operation of the Apache Point Observatory. Please explore our site and learn about the exciting work we are doing.


See our calendar for upcoming events and Department talks

COVID-19 and the Department of Astronomy: The faculty and staff of the Department of Astronomy are available to the community. While Department personnel are working predominantly remotely, we are available during regular business hours to address any questions and to provide support. The easiest way to contact us is via phone or email, but we can also open Zoom rooms for anyone who wishes to “drop in”; note that you will be placed in a waiting room until we admit you. Via email, you can request a scheduled meeting online, or, if necessary and conducted safely, a face-to-face meeting. Our contact information:

TMO at sunset

Graduate Program

The Astronomy Department at NMSU offers programs leading to the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Graduate courses cover topics in astrophysics, stellar atmospheres, observational techniques, the interstellar medium, galactic structure, star formation and evolution, extragalactic objects, cosmology, exoplanets, and solar system studies. Students also take courses in other relevant fields to broaden their knowledge and capabilities.

For information about applying to our program, see our graduate admissions page.