In the Department of Astronommy at Boston University (BU) we use a collection of world-class facilities and digital “all-sky” surveys to study numerous aspects of the Milky Way galaxy. Researchers at BU are investigating how massive stars form, identifying new star forming regions, probing the chemical and dynamical evolution of the Galaxy using M and L dwarfs, measuring Galactic magnetic fields, characterizing distant stellar clusters, and tracing Galactic structure and kinematics using molecular clouds, star forming regions and low-mass stars. Our data come from a diverse collection of public and BU shared telescope facilities that include (but are not limited to) the Green Bank Telescope, Mopra and Arecibo radio telescopes, the ALMA and CARMA millimeter arrays, the 42 and 72-inch telescopes at Lowell Observatory, the 0.9m at CTIO, the 4m at KPNO, and the 4.3m Discovery Channel Telescope, on which BU astronomers have guaranteed time. ¬†Please click the faculty links below to learn about our research in Galactic Astronomy:


Thomas Bania

Kenneth Brecher

Dan Clemens

Jim Jackson

Kenneth Janes (Emeritus)