- Historic first detection of a gravitational wave detailed at Friedman Lecture on April 28 25 April 2016
- William Borucki to present Marker Lectures in Astronomy and Astrophysics on April 14 and 15 08 April 2016
- NASA selects Penn State to lead next-generation planet finder 29 March 2016
- Record-breaking ultraviolet winds discovered near black hole 22 March 2016
The Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at Penn State has one of the most productive astronomy research programs in the country, according to a study by the National Research Council. Penn State ranks in the top three (along with Princeton University and the California Institute of Technology) in the NRC Survey-based quality score emphasizing publications and citations per faculty member per year, and number of grants. Additional information about the NRC review of astronomy programs can be found at phds.org, in a summary of the Penn State program prepared by the department, and in a press release from the Eberly College of Science.