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Astronomy & Astrophysics

Latest News

It was wonderful to have many of our staff and students meet at DIAS Dunsink Observatory for a recent Astro Day in March sharing our research updates. Many haven’t seen each other (or even met in person) since the pandemic began!

Positions Available

A 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship is available in Dr Jonathan Mackey’s group to develop code for 3D simulations and synthetic observations of nebulae around evolved massive stars. Application deadline is 8 July! More info here: dias.ie/massivestar-postdoc-2022

A summer internship position is also available in Dr Mackey’s group working on the NEMETODE meteor observation network. Visit dias.ie/internship-2022-nemetode for more information, deadline for applications is 21 June.

Research Activities

Researchers at DIAS Astrophysics are involved in an exciting new study using the H.E.S.S. telescope array to observe time-dependent particle acceleration outside our solar system for the first time! Read more about the results just published in Science Magazine here.

Jupiter’s auroras have long been known as sources of low-energy X-ray light. A new study involving Prof Jackman finally reveals high-energy emissions – and why they eluded another mission 30 years ago. Read more about the results just published in Nature Astronomy here.

The James Webb Space Telescope has been successfully launched and deployed! Professor Tom Ray and his team at DIAS work on the Mid Infra-Red Instrument onboard. Read more here from a pre-launch article.

The Solar and Space Weather Group have made it into the second round of the ESA Nanosatellites for Space Weather campaign. Learn more about our SURROUND constellation idea 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 and the James Webb Space Telescope and ground-based facilities such as LOFAR and the European Southern Observatory. The Section includes approximately 40 researchers based at Fitzwilliam Place in central Dublin. It also runs popular visitor nights and public engagement events at DIAS Dunsink Observatory in west Dublin.

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!