X-Ray and Observational Astronomy

The X-ray and Observational Astronomy group in the School of Physics and Astronomy was first founded in the 1960s, and has been a world-leader in X-ray astronomy ever since. Its activities have diversified across the whole electromagnetic spectrum into gamma-ray, UV, visible and infrared astronomy, using both space- and ground-based observatories. Today, our astrophysics research spans the observations of transient phenomena, the formation and evolution of galaxies, studies of variable stars and supernovae, and the search for extrasolar planets, with involvement in cutting-edge international projects to enable new and exciting discoveries in observational astronomy.