Science at the AAO

The Australian Astronomical Observatory is home to an extremely dynamic and diverse research group. AAO astronomers collaborate with astronomers across the globe and are recognized leaders in many areas of research. The AAO's instrument scientists produce some of the world's most innovative and ground-breaking new instrument technologies.

Major AAT/UKST Observing Programs

  • The Anglo-Australian Planet Search - the Southern Hemisphere's most precise planet search program
  • GAMA - a redshift survey of up to 400,000 galaxies to study structure on scales of 1 kpc to 1 Mpc. This includes galaxy clusters, groups, mergers and coarse measurements of galaxy structure (i.e., bulges and discs). It is on these scales where baryons play a critical role in the galaxy formation and subsequent evolutionary processes and where our understanding of structure in the Universe breaks down.
  • GALAH - a spectroscopic survey of 1 million galactic stars to measure elemental abundances and measure stellar kinematics.
  • SAMI - a spatially-resolved spectroscopic survey of ~3000 galaxies

Student Research at the AAO

The AAO maintains a vigorous program of joint student supervision of PhD and Honours students with University departments, as well as offering Vacation Student Fellowships to undergraduate students from both Australia and the United Kingdom.

Talks, Meetings and Conferences

The Colloquia and Conferences page is regularly updated with information on talks and meetings at the AAO and ATNF.