School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Artist's impression of the surface of Barnard's star b. Credit: ESO/M.Kornmesser

    Astronomers find a super-Earth at Barnard's star

    Astronomers from the School of Physics and Astronomy are members of an international team that has found a planet in orbit around the second-closest star to the Sun, known as Barnard's star. 

  • The MeerKAT radio telescope, currently finishing construction in the Karoo desert in South Africa. Courtesy: SKA SA.

    AU researcher wins grant to map the cosmos with MeerKAT radio telescope

    Dr. Alkistis Pourtsidou, a lecturer in the Astronomy Unit, has been awarded a grant to study the large-scale structure of the Universe using a new radio telescope in South Africa.

  • Congratulations to Dr Koji Yokoyama

    Congratulations to Dr Koji Yokoyama, one of our PDRAs working on the MuSES project with Alan Drew, who recently won the poster prize at the international conference on muon spin spectroscopy.

  • Postdoctoral position at CRST

    The CRST will have one 2-year postdoctoral position for the 2019-2021 academic years, funded by Dr Costis Papageorgakis' Royal Society Research Fellows Enhancement award. More details and links to the application form will be posted soon. 

  • Hyper-Kamiokande (proto)-collaboration after the announcement from Prof. Kajita.

    Hyper-Kamiokande Experiment to Begin Construction in April 2020

    On Sept 12th, Prof T. Kajita, 2015 Nobel Prize Laureate and Director of the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research (ICRR), University of Tokyo, on behalf of the University of Tokyo, host lab of the Hyper-Kamiokande experiment together with KEK, announced that the construction of the Hyper-Kamiokande experiment will start in 2020 (

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