- Deepest x-ray image ever reveals black hole treasure trove 09 January 2017
- "Cosmic Whistle" Packs a Surprisingly Energetic Punch 14 November 2016
- Supermassive black holes and their masses subject of Nov. 10 Friedman Lecture 08 November 2016
- Three Alumni Honored with Penn State's Outstanding Science Alumni Award 20 October 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.