Faculty and students jointly conduct research in solar physics and space weather. helioseismology, asteroseismology, star formation history of galaxies, transiting planet observations, and several other areas. NMSU plays a vital role in studies of the solar interior, heating of the solar atmosphere, and the study of solar storms and space weather. This uses both space-based (SoHO, RHESSI, Solar Dynamics Observatory) and ground-based (the Dunn Solar Telescope, GONG) facilities. We also work closely with the Engineering and Computer Science departments on image processing, space weather prediction, and data search and archiving.
Researchers in stellar astronomy make use of the facilities at Apache Point Observatory and have obtained time on the Keck telescopes, Gemini, and NOAO telescopes in both Arizona and Chile. Continuing research projects also include using the Hubble Space Telescope to obtain parallaxes of both cataclysmic variables and galactic Cepheid variables in order to obtain accurate distances to these objects.
Members of the Solar, Stellar, and Exoplanetary group include the following: