Below you will find a list of our current news and announcements. If you are looking for past ones, please visit our Past News and Announcements page.

2022 News and Announcements

  • February, 23, 2023: Schueller Observatory Public Open Night. 
    • 6:30-7:30 p.m. “Searching for the First Stars – Traveling to the ends of the Earth to see the beginnings of the Universe” by Rigel Cappallo – Dugan 204
    • 7:30-8:30 p.m. Viewing through various sized telescopes in South Campus Field – astronomers will be on hand.
  • January 2023: Sayantan Bhattacharyawas invited and gave a talk at S N Bose National Center for Basic Sciences, India on " Blue Supergiants X-ray Binaries in The Starburst Galaxy IC 10 ". 
  • January 2023: Prof. Tim Cook will present "the ultraviolet" at AAS241 in Seattle, WA 8-12 January 2023.
  • December 13, 2022: Professor Supriya Chakrabarti presented the talk “Development and flight validation of key technologies for directly imaging exoplanetary systems by the PICTURE series of suborbital mission” at University of Arizona.
  • December 15, 2022: Prof. Ofer Cohen will present the talk "Space Weather-driven Variations in Ly-alpha Absorption Signatures of Exoplanet Atmospheric Escape: MHD Simulations and the Case of AU Mic b" at AGU Fall meeting in Chicago, IL.
  • December 2022:Prof. Nagarajan named UMass Lowell 2022 distinguished university professor.
  • December 8, 2022: From 6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. in Dugan 206, astronomers gave talks on “Holiday gift guide: Is a telescope or other astronomy gear on your loved-one’s wish list but you need help deciding? We can help”. From 6:45 p.m. - 7 p.m. Liam Neely taked about “What’s in the sky tonight.
  • December 2022: Prof. Ofer Cohen will present an invited talk in the "Unsolved Problems in Astrophysics and Cosmology" that will take place December 4-8, 2022 in Jerusalem, Israel. Title: Star-planet Interaction in close-in exoplanets.
  • November 10, 2022: at 4.30 p.m. in Dugan 206 Prof. Christopher Mendillo gave the talk “Recent results from the second flight of PICTURE-C, a NASA balloon mission to directly image debris disks and exoplanetary systems” followed by “What’s up in the Sky Tonight” by Liam Neely. Viewing through the telescopes will follow in south campus field near the dome. This is a free public event and all ages are welcome!
  • October 26, 2022: Prof. Supriya Chakrabarti gave radio interview about the NASA PICTURE-C Mission to Bloomberg Radio.
  • October 2022: Welcome to Isabelle Colt, a high school student from Innovation Academy Charter School, who is doing her internship with us at the Schueller Observatory. Her work focuses on taking astro images with telescopes to create PR materials.
  • October 2022: UML Researchers Successfully Launch Planet-Finding Telescope
  • October 2022: The James Webb Space Telescope, launched far from Earth in December 2021, is the most sophisticated telescope ever created. Scientists are still amazed that such a complex project – 25 years in the making – succeeded. Astronomer Silas Laycock describes the technical achievement and the incredible images the telescope has produced so far. The JWST reveals features of the early universe, the birth and death of galaxies, planets that may support life, and much more.
  • October 2022:The Boston Globe published the article about the PICTURE-C mission.
  • October 2022: Prof. Sayantan Bhattacharya participated in the UML Open House at the KCOS table showing students videos of the recent NASA PICTURE-C launch. He also spoke to students about the Observatory and upcoming open night activities and encouraged local potential undergraduate students to attend!
  • October 2022: Prof. Mendillo gave the Physics Colloqium at Brown University “Recent results from the second flight of PICTURE-C, a NASA balloon mission to directly image debris disks and exoplanetary systems
  • October 13, 2022: Our observatory open night was about “What’s up in the Sky Tonight by undergraduate student Liam Neely followed by “Life in the Universe” by graduate student Nicholas Sorabella.
  • September 2022: Prof. Chakrabarti served as a panelist during the session “Space Science Enabled by Missions Developed by NGOs and Commercial Entities” at SESA 2022,since he was also presenting a PICTURE-C talk at IAC 2022 in Paris, France.