University of Virginia, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

UVA Astronomy People

Michael Skrutskie


Room 262, Astronomy Building
530 McCormick Road
Charlottesville VA 22904

Research Interests:
Infrared astronomy, sky surveys, Galactic structure and stellar populations


Skrutskie directs a laboratory for the construction and application of instruments operating at near-infrared (1-5um) wavelengths. He was the principal investigator of the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) and a team member for the mid-infrared equivalent from Earth orbit, WISE. Common scientific themes for both missions are the detection and characterization of sub-stellar objects (brown dwarfs) and delineating the structure of the Milky Way. The laboratory has recently delivered instruments for the world's largest telescope, the Large Binocular Telescope, and for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and is currently expanding into instrumentation for near-space stratospheric ballooning.