- "Searching for Alien Megastructures: Hype vs. Reality” is the Friedman Lecture on Dec 1, 2015 23 November 2015
- Space observatory controlled by Penn State captures its 1,000th gamma-ray burst 12 November 2015
- World's 3rd largest optical telescope gets $25 million upgrade 05 November 2015
- Black hole caught in the act of ripping apart a star 26 October 2015
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.