The School of Astronomy and Space Science of Nanjing University was established in March 2011, and its predecessor, the Department of Astronomy, was founded in 1952. It has the longest history and a high reputation among the astronomy departments in China. The school has trained a large number of astronomers, currently active in the astronomy society in China.
The School includes several laboratories: Central Laboratory for Teaching, Solar Tower Laboratory, Center for Nonlinear Sciences, Key Laboratory of Modern Astronomy and Astrophysics of the Ministry of Education, and Planetary Science and Deep Space Exploration Laboratory. It also has the national first-level key discipline of astronomy, including two national second-level key disciplines, Astrophysics as well as Astrometry and Celestial Mechanics.
A new undergraduate program on Space Science and Technology has been established in order to cultivate qualified researchers in this field, and to meet the fast development of Chinese space programs.