Astrophysics Group research in the field of stellar astronomy and planetary systems involves the following international collaborations:

Anglo-Australian Planet Search: This search for solar system-like giant planets around relatively nearby stars uses measurements of the “Doppler wobble” of planet-hosting stars to detect and study planets and their orbital evolution. The project is based on observations made with the 3.9m Anglo-Australian Telescope at Siding Spring Observatory. Contact: Prof. Brad Carter

BCool project: This project aims to advance understanding of how cool stars internally generate magnetic fields via a dynamo, and uses spectropolarimetric observations and Zeeman Doppler Imaging to detect and map stellar surface fields. Contact: Dr. Stephen Marsden

Planetary system dynamics: This project involves a range of computational studies related to the study of Solar System evolution, exoplanetary systems and astrobiology. Contact: Dr. Jonti Horner

Shared Skies Partnership: USQ’s partnership with the University of Louisville involves remote-access telescopes up to 0.7m aperture at Mt Kent Observatory, and similar facilities at Moore Observatory, USA. The Partnership supports research into stellar astronomy and planetary systems though observations of stellar activity and planetary transits. Contact: Prof. Brad Carter

STARWINDS — Space Weather in Planetary Systems: This USQ-led project aims to study the generation and impacts of the winds generated by planet-hosting stars. The project uses stellar magnetic fields maps as the basis for stellar wind models and inferences about the resulting “space weather” environment experienced by planets. Contact: Prof. Brad Carter