Our Cosmic Origins
Astronomy represents humanity’s scientific quest to discover the origins and evolution of the universe and life itself.
As one of only a very few research institutions globally to have its own observatory, Carnegie’s Las Campanas Observatory in the high desert of Chile, our scientists have unparalleled access to first-in-class telescopes with views of the Magellanic clouds and the entire southern sky.
These telescopes and the instruments that enhance their power were designed on campus—a rarity today—where our observational astronomers and theoretical astrophysicists work closely with our engineers and machinists. Together, they are building on more than a century of expertise to create the optical designs of the future.
These enhanced telescope capabilities, along with advanced imaging and computation, make this the first generation of scientists who will have the tools to answer big questions about our cosmos including, how the evolution of stars and galaxies advance our understanding of the physical rules governing the universe and the origins of the fundamental building blocks of life.
Discover Our Research
Observatories theorists and observers are pursuing cutting-edge explorations of exoplanet atmospheres.
The Milky Way is an excellent laboratory for understanding the forces that shaped our own and other galaxies.
Carnegie astronomers are using the most-cutting edge telescopes and instruments available to probe the intense star formation that happened at Cosmic Noon.
Carnegie was at the center of two of the most-important transient astrophysical phenomenon of the last two centuries.
Carnegie astronomers deploy various tools and techniques to reveal the physics that shaped the universe.