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The Astrophysics group is one of the largest groups in the UK studying stars and planets, with a wide variety of observational, theoretical and numerical programmes. The group’s research activities are devoted to four main areas: star formation, exoplanets, stellar physics and interstellar medium. They are based on the largest observational facilities worldwide, including the Hubble space telescope, and state-of-the-art numerical simulations. The group has established strong links with the Mathematics department and the Met Office in Exeter to study exoplanet atmospheres.

Professor Matthew Bate, Head of Astrophysics


Our on-campus facilities supplement our relationships with renowned international observatories and space telescopes.

Schools and outreach

We support schools and organise talks and public events. Our learning resources include videos, webpages and games.