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Our 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. We also study temporal variations in the spectra and the evolution of star formation in dwarf galaxies (the LITTLE THINGS project).

Facilities

In addition to the Astronomical Consultants and Equipment (ACE) 24-inch (0.61-meter) Ritchey-Chretien telescope in the Stocker AstroScience Center, we have nine Celestron Classic 20-cm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescopes which are compact and perfect for lunar and planetary observing. We also have a 30-cm Meade LX-200 Schmidt-Cassegrain and 28-cm Celestron computerized telescopes used for undergraduate research and public events.

Teaching

We offer courses in a variety of topics.

Topics include:

  • Solar system astronomy
  • Stellar astronomy
  • Life in the universe
  • Modern astrophysics
  • Observational astronomy

View the Undergraduate Catalog for course listings.

Outreach

We are dedicated to serving and educating the public by hosting discussions on astronomy and star parties for the community. We work closely with the Southern Cross Astronomical Society, a 10-university consortium, to introduce science, astronomy and the beauty of the night sky to schools, organizations and the general public throughout South Florida.

Contact Us

Department of Physics
11200 SW 8th Street, CP 204

Miami, FL 33199
Tel: 305-348-2605
Fax: 305-348-6700