Astronomy

Astronomy is a branch of science that studies celestial objects, space, and the physical universe as a whole. It is often concerned with studies outside of our own planet, looking into the far-depths of the edge of the universe to reveal clues about how we got here, what caused the Big Bang and many other questions!

Astronomy is one of the oldest natural sciences with records of astronomers dating to ancient history. Ancient astronomers were able to differentiate between stars and planets, as stars remain relatively fixed over the centuries while planets will move an appreciable amount during a comparatively short time.

At Sussex we have our own Astronomy Centre where our research interests are tightly focused on the extra-galactic: cosmology and early universe, structure formation, clusters, and galaxy formation and evolution. We address questions with a full combination of theoretical, numerical and observational techniques.

The Astronomy Centre offers degrees at all levels from our undergraduate BSc and MPhys degrees, taught postgraduate MSc degrees to fully funded PhD positions.

Click on the pages below to lean more about the topics on display on the Astronomy Bus!