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Astronomy and Astrophysics

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A region of the Galactic Plane showing stars forming and blowing bubbles in space, a Herschel image.

The Astronomy & Astrophysics research group at Cardiff University studies a range of topics in galactic and extragalactic astronomy and cosmology, including both theory and observation, and the development of astronomical instrumentation related to these topics. Major subjects include: observations of high-redshift galaxies and their implications for both cosmology and galaxy formation; theoretical, computational and observational studies of the formation of stars and planetary systems; the design and construction of astronomical instrumentation, especially at millimetre and sub-millimetre wavelengths, for ground and space-based observatories and for studies of the Cosmic Microwave Background; theoretical work on early Universe cosmology and the large-scale structure of the Universe.

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Research News

The HCO+ 267.4 GHz frame from the image in main story. Image credit: M. Matsuura, et al. 2017 -

Cosmic “dust factory” reveals more clues to how stars are born

Thursday 13th July 2017

Researchers in the School have discovered a rich inventory of molecules at the centre of a supernova remnant for the very first time …

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