The image of Orion over the Physics tower was taken from the observatory site, the lighted windows on the 4th floor of the tower belong to the Astrophysics Group.

ALMA antennas under the Milky Way

Credit: ESO/José Francisco Salgado

Facilities and resources

The Astrophysics group conducts observations with world leading telescopes and state-of-the-art numerical simulations to study forming stars, their planet-forming discs, and exoplanets.  This research helps us to put our Sun and the solar system into context and understand the variety of stars and planetary systems that exist in our Galaxy.

The Astrophysics group has access to an array of world-leading facilities, both locally and internationally.

Space Telescopes

  • Hubble Space Telescope - HST 
  • Spitzer Space Telescope - SST
  • Hershel Space Observatory
  • CoRoT space telescope

Large telescopes

  • Very Large Telescope array - VLT
  • Gran Telescopio Canarias - GTC
  • W.M.Keck Observatory

Medium-size telescopes

  • William Herschel Telescope - WHT
  • Liverpool Telescope - LT
  • Observatoire de Haute Provence - OHP
  • CHARA array

Radio telescopes 

  • Atacama Large Millimeter Array - ALMA
  • James Clerk Maxwell Telescope - JCMT
  • e-MERLIN, UK high resolution radio astronomy facility

Local facilities

  • Zen, super computer at the University of Exeter