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Artistic Impression: The Surface of TRAPPIST 1f

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Star of the Week

  • TAU CrB (Tau Coronae Borealis)

    Well north of the semi-circle of stars that defines Corona Borealis, the northern Crown lies fifth magnitude (but at 4.76 almost fourth) Tau Coronae Borealis, a class K (K1) giant-subgiant that's fairly close, 117 (give or take 5) light years away. 

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The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Astronomy Department is a research-oriented unit with broad interests, from the cosmic microwave background to the origin of the Moon. We are always seeking to identify prospective faculty members at all ranks. If you are interested in Illinois Astronomy, see our Job Openings page.


2017 Graduates


  • 13 Students Graduate from Astronomy

    Congratulations to the Astronomy Class of 2017 for a job well done! Best wishes on your future endeavors--you make us proud! ...
  • Dom Segura-Cox Wins Chu Award

    Dom Segura-Cox has won the 2017 Mr. and Mrs. Hsiang-Pai and Wen-Hua Chu Department of Astronomy Excellence in Research Graduate Student Award. Congratulations, Dom! ...
  • Cooking the Universe

    Prof. Felipe Menanteau and the Dark Energy Survey team use supercomputers to map the Universe and find its ingredients. ... Full Details
  • Astronomy on Tap is One Year Old

    Astronomy on Tap, the popular outreach event sponsored by the Astronomy Department, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary. Read more about it ... Full Details

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