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New astronomy degree blasts off at USQ

Budding astronauts and space explorers now have more opportunity to study thanks to a new degree offering at USQ.
A Bachelor of Science (Astronomical and Space Sciences) is available for the first time at USQ, with students electing to study on-campus or online.

Director of USQ’s Centre for Astrophysics Professor Brad Carter said the flexible delivery options would attract students from around the world.

“Humanity has an enduring fascination for astronomy, with millions of people following scientific discoveries which were made using astronomical telescopes and space exploration,” Professor Carter said.

“This new degree will open more doors for students, and allow them to work alongside our world-class researchers.”

Students will have access to USQ’s Mount Kent observatory, which hosts remote-access telescopes for the Shared Skies Partnership with the University of Louisville, USA, and MINERVA-Australis – the only southern hemisphere observing facility dedicated to confirming and characterising the many planets NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will discover.

Astrophysics Professor Rob Wittenmyer said in the coming years, this facility would allow USQ to play a leading role in the global effort to find planets around other stars, and by doing so, to better understand our place in the universe.

“We built the Mount Kent facility with the view that there are too many planets and not enough telescopes,” Professor Wittenmyer said.

“But we’re working to turn that around; we currently have three telescopes on site with two more to be delivered in March.”

“The expansion means we will have access to more stars, and be able to operate faster.”

Learn more about USQ’s new astronomy degree online.
telescope at mt kent
A Bachelor of Science (Astronomical and Space Sciences) is available for the first time at USQ.