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Astronomy & Astrophysics

Useful sources in the field of Astronomy and Astrophysics for U-M researchers.

Physics/Astronomy Librarian

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Jacob Glenn
3154 Shapiro Library

University of Michigan Astronomy Links

Telescopes for UM Research:

  • Magellan Project, twin 6.5-m telescopes located at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile.
  • Michigan-Dartmouth-MIT Observatory, located at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona.
  • Curtis Schmidt Telescope, located at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, about 500 km north of Santiago, Chile.
  • Peach Mountain Radio Observatory, located in Dexter, Michigan.
  • Angell Hall Observatory, established for astronomy classes in the 1920s, now with a .0.4 m reflecting telescope. Located on central campus.
  • U-M has recently partnered with Swift, NASA’s high-impact, multi-wavelength orbital telescope. Its instruments are capable of observing simultaneously in the gamma-ray, X-ray, ultraviolet, and optical wavebands.
  • U-M is one of only a handful of institutions worldwide with special access to the world’s top facility for optical/infrared interferometry, Georgia State University’s CHARA Array on Mount Wilson, California.
  • The NOEMA (NOrthern Extended Millimeter Array) interferometer, considered the best millimeter array in the northern hemisphere, can produce sharp images and take detailed spectra of a variety of astrophysical objects between wavelengths of 0.8 and 3 mm.
  • The Extremely Large Telescope of the European Southern Observatory (ESO-ELT) is a 39-meter diameter telescope being built on Cerro Armazones in Chile. When it achieves first light (expected in 2025) it will be the largest optical/infrared telescope in the world.