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Galactic Astronomy

The Milky Way galaxy and Local Group of galaxies provide testing sites for understanding the important processes that govern the evolution of galaxies. Within the Milky Way it is possible to make detailed studies of chemical evolution, star formation, stellar evolution, and the evolution of debris disks - the precursors of planetary systems - which are not possible for any other galaxy.  The black hole in our Galactic center is near enough to give a more detailed look at a supermassive black hole than any other black hole in the Universe.

Faculty and Research Staff with a research interest in this area include:

 

(Bottom Right) The Eagle Nebula, Messier 16 .