Astronomers will use funding to research new planets, dark matter and dark energy

University wins funding for space exploration

Queen's University scientists will be able to take the lead in world-class research projects thanks to new funding.

The astronomers at Queen's Astrophysics Research Centre (ARC) have been awarded £1.8 million from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

They will undertake research to help enhance understanding of the Sun, including examining supernovae using the Pan-STARRS Survey telescope in Hawaii, which is generating the largest ever multi-colour survey of the cosmos.

It also involves observations using the Queen’s Rapid Oscillations in the Solar Atmosphere (ROSA) instrument, installed on the Dunn Solar Telescope in New Mexico, the prime US facility for ground-based solar observations.

Professor Francis Keenan, head of Mathematics and Physics and the principal investigator for the STFC funding package, said: “At a time when resources from the STFC and other research councils are very limited, these grants acknowledge the world-leading work being carried out by astrophysicists at Queen’s.

“This funding will allow us to build upon our reputation for ground-breaking fundamental research and to continue to contribute to the global studies under way in these areas.”

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