Astronomy & astrophysics

Siding Spring Observatory: SkyMapper telescope

Find out what’s ‘out there’ at our optical observatory— the largest in Australia—and alongside some of the best astronomers and astrophysicists in the world. Our academics have made major contributions to the field, mapping the structure and formation of the Milky Way, discovering planets orbiting other stars, and shooting lasers at space junk to prevent catastrophic collisions in space. The ANU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Brian Schmidt even won a Nobel Prize for his research in astronomy and astrophysics at ANU, which discovered the accelerating expansion of the Universe.

Career opportunities

Astronomy and astrophysics equips you with technical skills, such as theoretical modelling, instrument design and data analysis, to launch a range of careers in government, defence, engineering or even finance. Our graduate careers include hydrology modellers, instrument scientists, web analysts, scientists at Geoscience Australia, software engineers, and defence scientists.

Many of our graduates also go on to further research in universities around the world such as Harvard, Princeton, UC Berkeley, Cal-Tech, MIT, Cambridge, Oxford, Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, and of course, ANU.