- Mystery of rare 5-hour space explosion explained with help from US/Russia and US/UK/Italy satellites 17 September 2014
- Niel Brandt Named Verne M. Willaman Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics 02 September 2014
- Eric Feigelson Awarded Faculty Scholar Medal for Outstanding Achievement 27 August 2014
- Penn State is a Member of the New $678 million Telescope Now Approved for Construction 19 August 2014
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.