About Us

About Us
is made up of undergraduate students from Columbia and Barnard with a genuine interest in astronomy and who want to engage with other astronomy students, the department here at Columbia and the community at large. We welcome undergrads that are majoring in Astronomy/Astrophysics, other science disciplines, or people who simply have an interest in the subject.

Jul 30, 2012

Lunch Wednesday, Aug 1st

Upcoming Event

Undergrad Lunch Out SUMMER EDITION
w/ Special Guest Dr. Joseph "Yosi" Gelfand
Wednesday, Aug 1st: 12:00pm
RSVP Required

We'll have the pleasure of taking Dr. Gelfand out to a local restaurant to enjoy lunch and chat about his successful career as an astronomer. Professor Gelfand graduated from Columbia College in 2001 and went on to Harvard for his Ph.D. in Astronomy which he completed in 2007. He was the author of the popular blog "You'd Prefer an Astronaut" and he is now a professor at NYU Abu Dhabi researching supernovae remnants.

Mar 2, 2012

Week of February 28th, 2012

I hope everyone's enjoying their last moments of freedom before midterms! Here's what's coming up in the Astro Dept. :

Featured Upcoming Events
To the Moon on a BudgetPublic Outreach Lecture by Arlin Crotts followed by Rooftop Observing
Friday 3/2, 7:00pm
Pupin 301

A wide array of national and international space agencies, private corporations and
 consortia are preparing to send spacecraft to the Moon, some with people on 
board, some with profits in mind. What will they do there, and what might others
 do in the future?
 One more volunteer is needed! Please e
-mail Summer Ash
summer@astro.columba.edu if you can help out. 
Lecture: 7:00-7:30 PM
Telescope Observation: 7:30-9:00 PM Astrophotography Slideshow: 7:30-9:00 PM
Astro Snippets

SIPA hosts science event Wednesday evening, "What is Science News and What's Not?". (Sundial)

The Herbert Deresiewicz Summer Research Fellowship is due March 5th! 

Kepler's latest data release introduces 1091 new planet candidates, bringing the total number of Kepler planet candidates to 2,321. (Astrobites)

Weekly Calendar

Feb 13, 2012

for the week of February 13th, 2012

Upcoming Events

Big Apple Colloquium
with Professor Victoria Kaspi of McGill University
Friday 2/17, 3:00pm
Pupin 428

The Big apple colloquium occurs once every semester as a special
guest lecture to be attended by astronomers from all over New York
City. Last semester we went down to NYU to hear about Suppermassive
Black Holes and this time Columbia is hosting Victoria Kaspi. She'll
discuss her work on neutron stars and how their magnetic fields,
notoriously difficult to measure, play an important role in the different
flavors of neutron stars we see.

Our Human Search for Life in the Universe
Public Outreach Lecture by Maureen Teyssier followed by Rooftop Observing
Friday 2/17, 7:00pm
Pupin 301

We have only a very small idea of what alien life would look like, but we
have a pretty good idea of where to find it. Maureen, a current Ph.D. student,
will explain how we've used basic principles in chemistry, physics and biology,
 to place limits on what kinds of life could exist in our universe, and even
better limits on where it could exist. From these basic ideas, we learn how
scientists have designed targeted studies to find life. Lecture: 7:00-7:30 PM
Telescope Observation: 7:30-9:00 PM Astrophotography Slideshow: 7:30-9:00 PM

Astro Snippets

Columbia graduate student, Jana Grcevich, finds potential hidden galaxies. (Space.com)

Do you ever wish you could do problem sets on an ipad?
You need to use Latex and an ipad. (Astrobetter)

Stars can “capture” dark matter from their environment and boost energy output. (Astrobites)

Weekly Calendar