In recent years, astronomy has made remarkable progress, both observationally and theoretically, in fields of research from the solar system to deep space, thanks to new observational modalities such as gravitational waves that complement electromagnetic waves of other wavelengths, and utilizing observations made both from the ground and in space.
To foster the next generation of researchers who can lead the way in rapidly-advancing astronomical research, the master's program teaches the knowledge and research methods necessary to write academic papers, and the doctoral program develops the skills for independent global-scale research. While few graduate schools in Japan offer astronomy as an independent major, the number of faculty members in the Department of Astronomy, including those concurrently working in the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science, and the breadth of research fields it covers are significant in global terms.
Kiso Observatory and the Milky Way
The first light of a new instrument mounted on the telescope at Kiso Observatory, which is anticipated to help astronomers elucidate mysteries in the universe. People broke into cheers when they saw a meteor shoot through the night sky near the Milky Way.
© Yoshihide Yamato