Astronomy

Four images of galaxies and stars

FIU's astronomy group consists of three faculty members, a laboratory manager, four graduate students, and various undergraduates. Research interests include the structure and evolution of close binary stars through modeling of light and velocity curves, multifrequency observations of quasars, blazars, and other active galactic nuclei to study temporal variations in the spectra, and the evolution of star formation in dwarf galaxies (the LITTLE THINGS project (http://www.lowell.edu/users/dah/littlethings/index.html).

In addition to research in astronomy, the program offers students several undergraduate courses such as Solar System Astronomy, Stellar Astronomy, Life In The Universe, Modern Astrophysics and Observational Astronomy. Graduate level courses include Stellar Astrophysics, Celestial Mechanics and Extragalactic Astrophysics.