Research Centre for Astronomy, Astrophysics & Astrophotonics

The Macquarie University Research Centre for Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Astrophotonics (MQAAAstro) is one of the largest and fastest growing astronomical centres of research excellence in Australia. This is reflected in the latest Australian Research Council ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) rankings in December 2012, where we have been awarded an ERA ranking of 5 for research that is well above world standard. We are currently the only ERA 5 ranked Astronomy Group in NSW. We have close ties with the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) and CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science (CASS), both of which are located near the university campus. We also have strong links to science education through the  ‘Opening Real Science’ Project and the Indigenous community with the Aboriginal Astronomy Project. These relationships contribute to the vibrant research environment of the Centre, and offer many opportunities for collaborations in observational astronomy, theoretical astrophysics, astrophotonics, instrumentation, education, and cultural astronomy. Learn about our research strengths and meet the people engaged in cutting-edge astronomical research at Macquarie.


We are a Centre of Research Excellence with strong programs in observation, theory, instrumentation, education, and culture.

Astronomy Research

We are a Centre of Research Excellence with strong programs in observational and theoretical astronomy, instrumentation, and education.

Photo of Orsola De Marco in the Macquarie University Observatory

For the Public

We invite the public to explore the cosmos through our telescopes, planetarium, and various outreach programs.