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Astronomy & Astrophysics

Latest News

Open position

We are currently advertising a 2-year Administrative Assistant position in the A&A Section! The deadline for applications is 24 July, for more information please see here.

Moon-Magnetosphere Workshop

The Planetary Magnetospheres Group hosted the Outer Planet Moon-Magnetosphere Interactions Workshop here at DIAS Dunsink Observatory and Trinity College Dublin in May!

SunPy Award

Congratulations to Dr Shane Maloney and Dr Sophie Murray who were part of the SunPy development team that won a NASA Group Achievement Award recently! Learn more here.

Rosse Medal

Congratulations to Lindsay PhD Scholar Jeremy Rigney for winning the Institute of Physics (IOP) Ireland Rosse Medal during its Spring Conference! Jeremy also won the public vote during the IOP Three Minute Wonder competition at the Royal Institution in London in June.

Space Crafts – DIAS project receives funding from SFI Discover Programme

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded funding from the SFI Discover Programme for our project Space Crafts, a STEAM initiative at DIAS Dunsink Observatory. For more information visit dunsink.dias.ie/space-crafts and the official press release here.

Read about past activities in our News Archive.


The Astronomy & Astrophysics Section undertakes research on solar and stellar physics, space weather, planetary science, star formation, the interstellar medium, high energy astrophysics and instrumentation. It has contributed to many international projects and is currently involved in space missions such as Solar Orbiter, JUICE, and the James Webb Space Telescope, and ground-based facilities such as LOFAR and the European Southern Observatory. The Section includes over 30 researchers based at Fitzwilliam Place in central Dublin and DIAS Dunsink Observatory in west Dublin. It also runs popular visitor nights and other public engagement and education events at Dunsink.

Research Groups

Major areas of interest include:

Meet some of our astrophysicists in the video below and learn about what they get up to as they reach for the stars!