About the Department

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics is a part of the School of Natural Sciences of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. Located in the scenic Mumbai campus, the department carries out cutting edge research in theoretical and observational astrophysics, with an active interest in instrumentation. Along with this, the department also focusses on training graduate and postdoctoral students, and helps them develop into leading scientists in their fields.

The research interests of the department can be broadly categorized into three groups : X-Ray and Gamma Ray astronomy; infrared and optical astronomy; and theoretical astrophysics. To know more about the research carried out at the department, visit our research page or flip through our brochure.

The observations are carried out using ground based facilities as well as balloon-borne and satellite-borne instruments. This is supplemented by the work done in Radio Astronomy and High Energy Cosmic Rays by other groups in the Institute.