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Organisation profile

Organisation profile

We are committed to pursuing leading-edge research programmes in the observation and modelling of astronomical objects. These programmes will be aligned with the priorities set out by our funding agencies, including the PPARC and European Community, and with the University's strategy for research excellence.

The Centre concentrates on the study of the local universe, which can be defined as our Galaxy and other nearby galaxies. However the Centre continues to re-align its activities to take account of the rapid improvements in astronomical facilities. Although the Centre undertakes sophisticated computer modelling of astronomical objects, most members consider themselves to be observationally-driven astronomers. This is reflected in their extensive use of front-rank UK and international observing facilities. Additionally the Centre is providing purpose built astronomical instumentation to address currently important astronomical research themes. The Centre actively seeks to use its expertise in other areas and has links with local industry and leading UK and international research laboratories via research contracts, studentships and testing programmes.

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supernovae Physics & Astronomy
stars Physics & Astronomy
light curve Physics & Astronomy
planet Earth & Environmental Sciences
planets Physics & Astronomy
explosion Earth & Environmental Sciences
explosions Physics & Astronomy
extrasolar planets Physics & Astronomy

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Philip Dufton

Person: Honorary, Emeritus


Research Output 1975 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

174P/Echeclus and its Blue Coma Observed Post-Outburst

Seccull, T., Fraser, W. C., Puzia, T. H., Fitzsimmons, A. & Cupani, G., 01 Feb 2019, In : Astronomical Journal. 157, 2, 11 p., 88.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
3 Citations (Scopus)

A giant impact as the likely origin of different twins in the Kepler-107 exoplanet system

Bonomo, A. S., Zeng, L., Damasso, M., Leinhardt, Z. M., Justesen, A. B., Lopez, E., Lund, M. N., Malavolta, L., Silva Aguirre, V., Buchhave, L. A., Corsaro, E., Denman, T., Lopez-Morales, M., Mills, S. M., Mortier, A., Rice, K., Sozzetti, A., Vanderburg, A., Affer, L., Arentoft, T. & 32 othersBenbakoura, M., Bouchy, F., Christensen-Dalsgaard, J., Collier Cameron, A., Cosentino, R., Dressing, C. D., Dumusque, X., Figueira, P., Fiorenzano, A. F. M., García, R. A., Handberg, R., Harutyunyan, A., Johnson, J. A., Kjeldsen, H., Latham, D. W., Lovis, C., Lundkvist, M. S., Mathur, S., Mayor, M., Micela, G., Molinari, E., Motalebi, F., Nascimbeni, V., Nava, C., Pepe, F., Phillips, D. F., Piotto, G., Poretti, E., Sasselov, D., Ségransan, D., Udry, S. & Watson, C., 04 Feb 2019, In : Nature Astronomy. 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
extrasolar planets
Neptune (planet)

A Hypothesis for the Rapid Formation of Planets

Pfalzner, S. & Bannister, M. T., 08 Apr 2019, In : Astrophysical Journal Letters. 874, 2, 7 p., L34.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
interstellar space


European Research Council Advanced Grant

Stephen Smartt (Recipient), 04 Jan 2012

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

European Young Investigator Award (EURYI)

Stephen Smartt (Recipient), 04 Jan 2005

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

Member of the Royal Irish Academy

Tom Millar (Recipient), 2011

Prize: Election to learned society

Activities 2001 2019

Public Talks - Moving Asteroids: The Hera Mission

Alan Fitzsimmons (Speaker)
11 Oct 201913 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar


Alan Fitzsimmons (Invited speaker)
07 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Public Talk- Bach, The Universe and Everything - The Mystery of 'Oumuamua

Alan Fitzsimmons (Invited speaker)
27 Jan 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Press / Media

BBC World Service - New Interstellar Comet

Alan Fitzsimmons


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

BBC World Service - Asteroid deflection and the Hara/DART missions

Alan Fitzsimmons


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Podcast interview - Interstellar Object 'Oumuamua

Alan Fitzsimmons


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


Engaging the Public in Science and Increasing Awareness of Physics and Astronomy

Alan Fitzsimmons (Participant), Samuel Duddy (Participant), Henry Hsieh (Participant), Stephen Smartt (Participant), Stephen Lowry (Participant), Heather Cegla (Participant), Sergiy Shelyag (Participant), Victoria Moulds (Participant), Michail Mathioudakis (Participant), Don Pollacco (Participant), John Burton (Participant), Christopher Watson (Participant)

Impact: Societial Impact