The Astronomy Discipline leads a programme of observational, theoretical, laboratory based and mission based astronomy research focussing on the key science questions of European astronomy, and supported by STFC.
• Do we understand the extremes of the Universe?
• How do galaxies form and evolve?
• What is the origin and evolution of stars and planets?
• How do we fit in?
The discipline is a member of the UK SALT Consortium, which owns a 5% share in the 10m Southern African Large Telescope. It is also a partner in the SuperWasp consortium which operates two robotic sky-patrol camera systems (one in La Palma, one at the Sutherland Observatory). Discipline members serve on the time consortia of the 2006 Japanese Akari infrared survey mission and the 2009 Herschel SPIRE instrument. Discipline members also coordinate an EU Network in Astrobiology and are coinvestigators in the future Japan/ESA SPICA mission and the forthcoming UK LOFAR Consortium.
Research activites fall into the five broad areas:
• Extreme Environment Astrophysics
• Observational Cosmology
• Planetary Physics
• Star Formation
Discipline Head - Dr Stephen Serjeant
Telephone: +44 (0) 1908 652724
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