The universe is a very big place with very big objects and distances. The rules of Physics apply everywhere in the universe. Applying those rules to such huge systems can result in predictions and observations that are exciting and fascinating. The study of Astrophysics can encompass everything in the universe. Exotic objects such as neutron stars and black holes capture the imagination of many people. Their study can lead to a deeper understanding of the processes on a galactic scale.
The future of Earth is dependent on the environment of the solar system and even this part of the galaxy. An understanding of this environment is important as it could impact all life on Earth. Dr. Conwell leads the Observational Astronomy group as it studies near earth objects. Dr. Pakey is the leader of the Astrophysics group, which does computational research on neutron stars.