Astronomy has often been called "the original science", and is in fact
one of the Seven Liberal Arts of classical education. The
AstroPhysics Group at Shepherd is the research group made up of institutional
faculty, staff, and students engaged in astronomical and astrophysical activities
at Shepherd University, and is housed within the Institute of Environmental and Physical Sciences (IEPS).
We have several ongoing research programs in cosmology,
observational astronomy, astronomy education, and historical astronomy.
This research serves as the foundation of the Group, keeping us immersed in the
dynamic fields of astronomy and astrophysics. Our continued publication and
presentation activities in these fields keep our course offerings current and
meaningful. We also focus on a mission of outreach, serving the Shepherd University
community and the greater public at large by sharing the wonders of the Universe