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  • Mar 15–Mar 21: Spring Break
  • May 16: Spring Semester ends
  • Jun 1: Summer Semester begins
  • Jul 25: Summer Semester ends
  • Aug 17: Fall Semester begins
  • Oct 8–Oct 9: Fall Break
  • Dec 12: Fall Semester ends
  • Jan 18: Spring Semester begins

Chair: Richard Rand

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News from the Chair KRQE Visits the New Physics, Astronomy, and Interdisciplinary Science Building

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KRQE 13 talked with Chair Richard Rand and toured the new Physics, Astronomy, and Interdisciplinary Science building. See the video.

News from the Chair

Three Faculty and Staff Job Openings at UNM Physics & Astronomy Department

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Upcoming Events


Fri 1/24, 3:30PM in 1100, Cornelia Lang, The Central Molecular Zone of the Galaxy: Dense Molecular Clouds, Massive Stars and Magnetic Fields

Other Events:

Thu 1/23, 2:00PM in PAIS-3205, Leonid Petrov (GSFC), Flat and steep spectrum radio quasars

Thu 1/23, 3:30PM in PAIS-2540, Patrick Coles, Variational Quantum Algorithms: An Overview


Physics & Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science building

The Physics &
		    	   	                   Astronomy and Interdisciplinary Science building

The Physics and Astronomy department is at 210 Yale Blvd NE as of November 2019


Research Experience for Undergrads

REU 2018 program participants
      	                   sitting on the edge at the top of Sandia Mountain

Make Your Summer Count!

Get real research experience with a fun group of your peers in the high desert of New Mexico. Find out how.


Interactive Astronomy Apps

Javascript apps

9 Educational Apps

Written by Kevin Dilts for the Astro 101 Lab, these free interactive javascript apps illustrate common astronomy concepts. Enjoy!

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