The Department of Astrophysics is located in the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History. We conduct astrophysical research and provide scientific support for outreach activities and exhibits in the Museum.


Research in Astrophysics covers theory, observation, and instrumentation, with investigations focused on exoplanets, brown dwarfs, the formation of planets, stars, and galaxies, the evolution of stars and gas in the universe, and large-scale surveys.


The Department has at its disposal a state-of-the-art optics lab used to produce cutting-edge astronomical instruments, access to high-end computing systems, and, in addition to being a partner on the South Africa Large Telescope, regularly uses optical, radio, infrared, ultraviolet, and X-ray observatories both worldwide and in space.


Staff consists of tenured faculty (curators), postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, CUNY research faculty, and other members who support ongoing research in the department.


We track our Department’s events in a publicly viewable Google Calendar. Department colloquia typically take place in the Perkin Reading Room, located on the 5th floor of the Rose Center for Earth and Space.


Researchers in the department participate and oversee education and professional development programs that lead toward advanced degrees.

Public Outreach

Members of the Department of Astrophysics help create exhibits and provide scientific expertise to many educational programs and outreach services in the Museum.