- In Memoriam: Mercedes Richards (1955-2016) 05 February 2016
- Top high-energy astrophysics prize awarded to Niel Brandt 15 January 2016
- Now you see it, now you don't: The quasar that just disappeared 14 January 2016
- Mysterious radio signals from space test Einstein's General Relativity theory 04 January 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.