TA Facilities

computer storage racks

CPAC is a division of the Harvard University Astronomy Department dedicated to research in high-end astrophysical computing. Since its founding in the spring of 2000, the members of CPAC have helped contribute to the current state-of-the-art in parallel astrophyscial computing.

Simulated structure of the early universe

The Institute for Theory and Computation, also hosted by the CfA, is dedicated to research in high-end astrophysical computing. One of the primary objectives is to integrate conceptual theory with computational modeling. The ITC consists of members of the Harvard Department of Astronomy, Smithsonian astrophysicists, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, and associates at other institutions.

3.5 Murchison Widefield Array image

The goal of the MWA project is to develop powerful new capabilities for radio astronomy below about 1.6 GHz, optimized for extremely wide fields of view and unprecedented sensitivity for a variety of survey applications. The first stage of the MWA has specific scientific goals, and is underway as a joint project led by MIT and the CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF), with strong participation from CfA and a number of Australian universities, and with funding from the National Science Foundation, as well as the government of Western Australia. (Photo Credit: Frank Briggs/Mt. Stromlo Observatory)

3.7 -  Pan-STARRS-1

PS1 will be able to scan the entire visible sky to approximately 23rd magnitude in less than a week. This unique combination of sensitivity and field of view will open many new possibilities in time domain astronomy and address a wide range of astrophysical problems in the Solar System, the Galaxy, and the Universe.