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 has just been 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 are also in close proximity to both the Australian Astronomical Observatory (AAO) and CSIRO Astronomy & Space Science (CASS) and have strong links to science education through the ‘Space to Grow’ Project and the Indigenous community with the Aboriginal Astronomy Project. These strong links offer valuable synergies and 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. - Prof. Quentin Parker, Director MQAAAstro

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 observation, theory, instrumentation, education, and culture.

Degree Programs

Degree Programs

We offer high quality degree programs, scholarships, and prizes for students in astronomy and astrophysics from Bachelor to PhD.

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.