Big questions

We pursue several long-term observational and theoretical programs designed to answer some of the "big questions" in modern astrophysics and cosmology, including:

  • How and when do (clusters of) galaxies form?
  • When and where do massive black holes form in the universe?
  • What is dark energy?
  • How do changes in environment due to the growth of large-scale structures affect the evolution of galaxies?
  • What can the distribution of galaxies, quasars and dark matter, on the largest scales, tell us about the early evolution of the universe?
  • How do distant, compact and clumpy galaxies in the past morph into today’s giant ellipticals and grand-design spirals?

We're frequently awarded time on major national and international optical and radio telescope facilities that have helped to revolutionise astrophysics research over the past decade.

Among the telescopes and instruments we use are the:

  • Anglo-Australian Telescope at Siding Spring Observatory
  • Australia Telescope National Facility
  • Keck telescopes in Hawaii
  • Hubble Space Telescope
  • twin 8.1-metre Gemini telescopes in Chile and Hawaii
  • ESO VLT in Chile
  • CTIO's Blanco 4.0-metre Dark Energy Camera in Chile.

People and papers

Meet our people, and Search UQ's eSpace archive for our papers published in "astronomy and space sciences" (includes some papers from other UQ groups).

Available projects

See our astrophysics projects.