Astronomy has made remarkable progress, both observationally and theoretically, spanning fields of research from the solar system to the distant universe. Such advances are made possible by new observational capabilities such as the detection of gravitational waves that complement the electromagnetic spectrum, and the utilization of observations both from the ground and in space.
To foster the next generation of researchers to lead rapidly-advancing astronomical research, the master's program provides the knowledge and methods necessary to write academic papers while the doctoral program develops the skills necessary for independent global-scale research. With few graduate schools in Japan offering astronomy as an independent major, the breadth of research fields available for study is significant from a global perspective due to the number of faculty members in the Department of Astronomy, including those concurrently working at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan and the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science.
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