Skip to main content


Members of the Center work closely with colleagues both within the state of West Virginia and around the world.

We focus our efforts on fostering interdisciplinary, bold projects at the forefront of astrophysics discovery through strategic partnerships and high impact programming.


NANOGrav (North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves) is a collaboration of scientists using the largest radio telescopes in the world to observe pulsars, rapidly spinning neutron stars emitting regular pulses of radio emission, in order to detect and study gravitational waves, tiny ripples in the fabric of space and time. NANOGrav will detect these waves from pairs of supermassive black holes at the centers of merging galaxies.

LIGO Scientific Collaboration 

The LIGO Scientific Collaboration (LSC) uses a network of precision instruments to search for gravitational waves from the mergers of pairs of exotic neutron stars and black holes, the dense remnants of stellar collapses. It has detected gravitational waves from a pair of black holes that are tens of times more massive than the Sun.

Marshall University

Marshall University Physics Department is well grounded in research. Physics majors are strongly encouraged to get involved in research early in their studies. Research topics span a wide range of subjects, from colliding black holes to young sun-like stars to new materials for solar energy conversion, and the methodology can be theoretical, computational, experimental, or observational.

Shepherd University

The Astrophysics Department at Shepherd, housed within the Institute of Environmental and Physical Sciences, consists of faculty and students engaged in research and outreach. We have several ongoing research programs; 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 with them.

West Virginia Wesleyan College Planetarium

West Virginia Wesleyan College

Undergraduate and graduate students work side-by-side with faculty on research that is supported by the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Standards & Technology, the American Chemical Society, the Air Force, and other national funding organizations.


Arecibo Observatory

Arecibo Observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico enables research in the areas of astronomy, planetary students, and space and atmospheric sciences and has a strong education and outreach program.

Green Bank Observatory

Green Bank Observatory enables leading edge research at radio wavelengths by offering telescope, facility and advanced instrumentation access, and trains the next generation of scientists, engineers, and technicians through a variety of educational programming for the public, students, and teachers via collaborative grants.

Green Bank Observatory