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Astronomy & Astrophysics

Latest News

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

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, which encourages STEM Public Engagement, for our project Space Crafts: A STEAM Initiative at DIAS Dunsink Observatory. For more information, visit 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 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!