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ASTRONOMY & ASTROPHYSICS

Known for outstanding scientific analyses of the universe spanning the electromagnetic spectrum, USRA physicists engage in full-circle investigations - from theory to experiment design to hardware development to data evaluation.

Current research includes:

HIGH ENERGY ASTROPHYSICS

SupernovaCentral to modern astrophysics, high energy bands (including the extreme-UV, X-ray and gamma-ray) allow USRA scientists to study the physics of black holes, neutron stars, supernovae, interacting binaries, soft gamma repeaters and anomalous X-ray pulsars, transient accreting pulsars, and gamma-ray bursts, their afterglows, and host environments.

INFRARED ASTRONOMY

Many objects in space emit almost all their energy at infrared wavelengths. By observing the universe through infrared, USRA astronomers can study galaxies and the Milky Way's galactic center; the motions of stars around supermassive black holes; the Milky Way's interstellar medium, organic molecules in space; how interstellar material is recycled; and the details of the formation of stars and planets.

RADIO ASTRONOMY

USRA radio astronomers are currently studying the amount and distribution of extragalactic neutral hydrogen gas along with studies of compact objects and pulsars and the electromagnetic and gravitational radiation they emit.

RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT

High-altitude Balloons for Atmospheric and Astrophysical Research

USRA scientists provide instrumentation expertise and provide analysis of balloon observations gathered from atmospheric and astrophysical sources.