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 visiting our blog, 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.
Undergraduate, postgraduate, and higher degree by research options with USQ Centre for Astrophysics
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