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Astronomy uses observations of the Universe to refine and develop our understanding of fundamental physics, and uses physics to understand the Universe and our place within it. We seek to understand the wonders of our Universe, to share them with the public, and to train the next generation of astronomers to carry on this mission.

Our work focuses on observations of distant and nearby galaxies; the formation and evolution of structures in the Universe; understanding the nature of dark energy and dark matter; and the formation of stars and planets. This wide array of exciting research topics is the basis for our vibrant and dynamic institute.

 

NEW - open Faculty Position:

Professor or Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) of Observational Galactic Astrophysics, closing date for applications is 31 October 2016.

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Latest News

08.08.2017

Dark Energy Survey reveals most accurate measurement of dark matter structure in the universe

The new result supports the view that dark matter and dark energy make up most of the cosmos and rivals precision of cosmic microwave background measurements.  Read more 

06.07.2017

SPHERE instrument unveils its first exoplanet

The 'planet-finder instrument' of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), which has partially developed and built at ETH Zurich, has discovered its first exoplanet. HIP 65426b is some 385 light-years from us  — and it turns out that it is a particularly interesting exoplanet. Read more 

26.05.2017

Gender bias in astronomy quantified

Numerous studies and anecdotal accounts support the notion that scientific work performed by women is treated differently from that of their male peers. Seeking to quantify such gender bias, three ETH PhD students have performed a systematic study of more than 200,000 astronomy publications. The result is unequivocal: papers with female lead authors received on average some 10% fewer citations than similar papers with male lead authors. Read more 

20.04.2017

"The Exoplanet and the search for life"

ETH astrophysicist Kevin Schawinski speaks on Swiss Radio SRF about exoplanets and the search for biology outside our solar system. Read more 

05.04.2017

2017 MERAC Prize to Kevin Schawinski

The 2017 MERAC Prize of the European Astronomical Society for the Best Early Career Researcher in Observational Astrophysics goes to ETH astrophysicist Kevin Schawinski. Read more 

 
 
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