Department of Astronomy Center for Radiophysics & Space Research


Cornell Astronomy research.

Research Areas

Research in the Cornell Astronomy Department ranges includes pure astrophysics theory, complex numerical simulations of extreme environments, astronomical observations, from within the Solar System to the largest cosmic scales, and the design and development of the instruments both for ground and space based observatories and Mars Rovers. The observational work covers the entire electromagnetic spectrum from radio waves to gamma-rays.


Space exploration is the use of space technology to explore outer space.  Physical exploration of space is conducted both by human spaceflights and by robotic spacecraft. While the observation of objects in space, known as astronomy, predates reliable recorded history, it was the development of large and relatively efficient rockets during the early 20th century that allowed physical space exploration to become a reality.

Research Highlights

Short summaries of recent research from members of the Department.