Department of Astronomy and Space Sciences

Reconstructed in 2013, the Astronomy and Space Sciences Department invites the new generation scientists to discover the Universe with its three observatories, a planetarium, laboratories and its classrooms equipped with the latest technology.The aim of the Astronomy and Space Sciences Department is to provide the astronomy and space sciences education content necessary for this field, to educate astronomers and space physicists equipped with interdisciplinary knowledge and skills in this direction and therefore, represent our country most successfully at the international stage. Today, at a time when technological developments take place quickly, our understanding of the Universe is reshaped by new discoveries every day, astronomy, astrophysics and space sciences are considered as the professions of the future.8 professors, 2 associate professors, 6assistant professors and 6 research assistants work in our department which consists of two divisions: Astrophysics and General Astronomy.

The undergraduate program organized according to Bologna process consists of 32 mandatory and 44 elective courses. Our department is successfully running an evening education undergraduate program along with the regular daytime education since 2009. After completing the four year undergraduate program our students obtain the “astronomer” title.Our students who meet the required criteria can apply to other departments of our Faculty to do a minor or major in order to receive a certificate or diploma in addition to their undergraduate diplomas.Graduate programs are also available in our department in the capacity of the Institute of Science. Moreover, Academic Member Training Project (ÖYP) is implemented in the department.  Sun and Solar System Objects: The solar atmosphere’s layers are being studied since our Department was established. In 2010 the observatory was modernized and the solar observations were brought up to a world class level. In June 2011 IST 60 telescope, with a mirror with 60 cm diameter, came into service speeding up the studies in our Department. Within the Solar System asteroids, comets and objects that threaten Earth are being closely studied.Stellar Astrophysics: In our department, modern stellar astrophysics studies started in 1960s. Stellar atmospheres are being analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively and chemical abundance anomalies are being investigated. Spectral and photometric analyses of variable binary stars are studied and structural parameters of the systems are obtained. From X-ray and optical observations of white dwarfs and neutron stars the nature of these compact objects is being investigated.Galaxy Astrophysics: In our Department, Galactic structure studies started in 1970s. Integrated to the world with the developments in technology our department uses data obtained from surveys to investigate the traces of the structure, formation and evolution of our Galaxy.