The Centre for Astrophysics would like to formally acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands and waterways on where our departments and observatory are located. Furthermore, we acknowledge the cultural diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.
We celebrate the continuous living cultures of First Australians and acknowledge the important contributions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have and continue to make in Australian society.
Welcome to the USQ Centre for Astrophysics
The Centre for Astrophysics is a part of USQ’s Institute for Advanced Engineering and Space Sciences, and our academic staff belong to the USQ School of Sciences.
Our purpose is astronomical and space research and development that delivers excellence in research outputs, graduate outcomes, funding success, and technological innovation. Our vision is research of the highest international standard, and our performance is top rated as “well above world standard” by the Australian Research Council. Our mission is to serve Australian astronomy and space priorities in research and research training, in areas that include observational astronomy, astrophysics, planetary science, space science, computing and technology, and through collaboration with academe, industry, and government.
We hope you enjoy exploring this website and feel free to get in touch.
Prof Brad Carter
Director, on behalf of the team
USQ astrophysics is advancing our understanding of the shared evolution of stars and their planetary systems, and the implications for planetary habitability. We study stellar activity by imaging stars and their magnetic fields using spectra observed in polarised light. We discover, monitor, characterise and model exoplanets orbiting stars other than the Sun, and operate Mt Kent Observatory, a key remote-access southern hemisphere follow-up facility for NASA’s latest exoplanet space telescope. We model the orbital dynamics of planetary systems, using high-performance computing. We collaborate on major national and international stellar surveys, instrumentation development, space debris and meteor tracking, space telescope missions, and on the space industry applications of astronomy.
HDR Applications Now Open
Are you interested in becoming a member of our team? The USQ Centre for Astrophysics is currently seeking applications for two fully-funded scholarship PhD positions, to begin as soon as possible full-time on campus. Learn more about the projects below.
Undergraduate, postgraduate, and higher degree by research options with USQ Centre for Astrophysics.
Learn more about the outreach activities conducted by the Centre for Astrophysics
In the Spotlight
Mt Kent Observatory
USQ operates Mt Kent Observatory in Queensland, Australia. The site hosts telescopes for the Shared Skies Partnership with the University of Louisville, the MINERVA-Australis telescope array and spectrograph providing ground-based support for NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), the Australian node of the Stellar Observations Network Group (SONG) asteroseismology network, the Australian node of the DLR SMARTnet space debris tracking network, and the local node of the Global Fireball Observatory. Mt Kent Observatory has an asteroid named after it – discovered in 1993, asteroid ‘11927 Mount Kent’ appears among the ecliptic constellations. Please note that as a university research facility Mt Kent Observatory is not open to the public, but USQ Events and the School of Sciences includes astronomy in their outreach activities.