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.

Jan 26, 2012

Astro Department Events for Week of Jan 23, 2012

We have plenty of events this semester to look forward to, including some great ones this Thursday: Columbia College alum, Dr. Beth Willman (CC '98), is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy at Haverford college and will be visiting the department this week. She is giving the department colloquium on Wednesday and on Thursday joining a handful of lucky undergrads like yourselves out for a group lunch. Also, if you have always wanted to help out the department with all the great outreach events we put on for the public, then this Thursday is your chance to get in the loop.

Upcoming Events

Undergrad Lunch Out
w/ Special Guest Dr. Willman
Thursday, 11:30

We'll have the pleasure of taking Dr. Willman out to a local restaurant to enjoy lunch and chat about her successful career as an astronomer. This meal will be paid for, out of the generosity of the department, but our funds are limited so we can only guarantee seats for the first six students. Professor Willman used to be in your shoes as an undergrad at Columbia and she is very active in research with students at Haverford, so this is a great opportunity. To hear her research presentation, you are welcome to come to the Astronomy Department colloquium on Wednesday at 4pm in Pupin 1402.

Outreach Informational
Thursday, 4pm
Astro Library, Pupin 1402

The Columbia Astro Outreach team is made up of grad students, undergrads and other department members who volunteer for various events that we put on for the public. Please come to learn about how you can volunteer for our awesome events this semester. Refreshments will be served. Check out the outreach website at outreach.astro.columbia.edu

Astro Snippets

Columbia Prof. Johnston, "The Milky Way is not 1 galaxy. Formed from 1000 galaxies with different star formation histories, dark matter profiles." (Astrobetter)

Always discuss dark energy and exoplanets with people; this is still exciting and big news for non-astro people. (Astrobetter)

Columbia Prof. David Helfand “Why aren’t you more like fourth graders?” (New York Times)

Stars surrounded by debris disks are likely to harbor terrestrial planets (Astrobites)

Photos of Russian Cosmonauts for make benefit glorious nation Kazakhstan (Universe Today)

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