Crux Australis, the Southern Cross. The dark patch in the centre is the Coal Sack Nebula. The yellow and blue stars at the left are Alpha and Beta Centauri, respectively, colloquially known as the pointers, since they can be used to find the southern cross in the night sky. Alpha, the star at the bottom-left of the picture, is the closest star to the Sun that can be seen with the unaided eye. Composite image © Jonathan Horner The Milky Way looking roughly towards the galactic centre. The dark patches are clouds of dust that are blocking the light from more distant stars, preventing it from reaching the Earth.  Composite image © Jonathan Horner Photo montage of the October 8th, 2014 lunar eclipse. © A.K. Getley The dome of the CDK20s telescope at the USQ Mt. Kent Observatory USQ's Mt Kent Observatory, showing the four on site domes.  © Rhodes Hart

USQ provides online astronomy studies ranging from introductory courses to Masters programs and Doctoral research in astrophysics. USQ’s Astrophysics Group has staff active in leading international collaborations in stellar astronomy and planetary systems research, and is part of a physical sciences cluster rated “world class” by Excellence in Research for Australia reviews.

USQ’s astronomers have received national recognition for their educational initiatives, and students are provided with remote-access facilities that include Mt Kent Observatory, a High Performance Computing cluster and access to online journals and eBooks. USQ students also can combine astronomy studies with a range of career paths, such as in data science, education or engineering.

USQ’s Astronomy for Schools and Communities outreach program provides opportunities to look through a telescope and ask an expert.

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