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Whether you are just interested to learn more about the universe as part of your USQ studies, or aiming for formal qualifications in astronomy to push some scientific frontiers, USQ has a program to suit, and we offer:

  • Access USQ's on-campus observatory, modern remote-access telescopes at Mt Kent Observatory and high-performance computing facilities.
  • Observations of both northern and southern skies using USQ’s Shared Skies Partnership with the University of Louisville in the USA .
  • Teaching staff with national recognition for their astronomy education initiatives.
  • World class researchers involved in leading international collaborations in the field of stellar astronomy and planetary systems.

Career prospects


Estimated percentage of sun-like stars with a planet whose size and temperature could make it habitable
Keck Observatory

Prospective research students may like to contact the USQ Astrophysics Group for more information.

If you don’t want to commit to a full degree just yet, or need to satisfy professional development requirements, our single courses are perfect for you.

Telescopes are time machines for viewing cosmic history, and help us explore our origins, place in the universe, and possible future.

Assoc Prof Brad Carter
USQ Astrophysics Group

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