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Searching for Explosive or Eruptive Variables in the SkyMapper Transient Survey Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours and Summer scholar course
A high-altitude survey for nearby supernova Instrumentation, Stellar and planetary astronomy, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
A resolved star formation study of star clusters and their ionised regions in NGC 628 Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
Adaptive optics for free-space optical communications Instrumentation Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
Adaptive optics for pushing space debris Instrumentation Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
Adaptive optics for Quantum Communications Instrumentation PhD
Analysis of 5-year sample DES sample of Type Ia supernovae: developing the next generation cosmology fitter Structure and evolution of the Cosmos PhD and Summer scholar course
Analysis of 5-year sample DES sample of Type Ia supernovae: developing the next generation cosmology fitter Honours
Archaeology of the Milky Way Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
Atmospheric turbulence characterisation with Differential Image Motion Monitor Instrumentation Honours and Summer scholar course
Black Hole Accretion Disks Black hole phenomena Honours, Masters and PhD
Black holes in the early Universe Black hole phenomena Masters and PhD
Building an Observatory in Virtual Reality Instrumentation Honours and PhD
Building an observatory in virtual reality Instrumentation Bachelor, Honours and Summer scholar course
Characterising biases in the Pantheon sample of Type Ia supernovae Structure and evolution of the Cosmos PhD
Characterising biases in the Pantheon sample of Type Ia supernovae Structure and evolution of the Cosmos PhD
Characterising target selection effects in stellar surveys Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor and Summer scholar course
Characterising the relationship between supernovae and its host through spectra Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Masters
Characterising the relationship between supernovae and its host through spectra Masters
Characterising the Spatial Variation of Dust Attenuation in Galaxies Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
Cosmological evolution of the weird supernova source of Galactic antimatter Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
Creating a UV-Optical spectral database for next generation facilities Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters and Summer scholar course
Dark Matter, Positrons, and the Galactic Bulge Binary Population Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
Dust in the Milky Way Galaxy Galactic archaeology Honours and Masters
Efficient Coupling of Light into RHEA to search for Exoplanets Instrumentation, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
Exotic variable phenomena among Milky Way stars Stellar and planetary astronomy Honours and Masters
Extending the OzDES AGN Reverberation Mapping Program to year 7 and beyond Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Honours, Masters and Summer scholar course
Finding Young stars from their Chromospheric activity with the FunnelWeb survey Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
Gas motions and excitation in edge-on barred galaxies Galactic archaeology Honours
High-altitude balloon experiment platform Instrumentation Honours and Summer scholar course
High-speed imaging in the near-infrared Instrumentation, Stellar and planetary astronomy, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Masters and PhD
How does the Milky Way get new gas to continue its voracious habit of star formation? Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
How well we can weight the stars in distant galaxies from their observed light? Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours and Masters
Instrumentation for Measuring Dome Turbulence Instrumentation Masters and PhD
Instrumentation for measuring dome turbulence Instrumentation Bachelor, Honours and Summer scholar course
Interspacecraft Metrology for Formation Flying Nanosats Instrumentation, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
Investigating multiple populations in Globular clusters. Galactic archaeology Bachelor and Summer scholar course
Investigating the interaction between supermassive black holes and their host spiral galaxies Black hole phenomena, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
Laser Guide Star for tracking space debris Instrumentation Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
Looking for patterns in the most recent exoplanet data Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
Magnetic field amplification in accretion discs - the disc dynamo Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
Magnetic fields in the Magellanic System Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Honours, Masters and PhD
Magnetism in the Galactic Centre Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours and Masters
Mapping the Magellanic periphery Galactic archaeology Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
Measuring the inclination of the Large Magellanic Cloud with the Dark Energy Camera Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor and Summer scholar course
Metal SLUG - Developing a tool for stochastic nucleosynthesis Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor and Masters
Metallicity gradients in the resolved redshift desert Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters and Summer scholar course
Mid-Infrared Nulling Interferometry for Exoplanet Detection Instrumentation, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
Modelling laser propagation in atmosphere Instrumentation Honours and Summer scholar course
Modelling the interstellar gas emission in galaxies Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters, Masters and PhD
More accurate galaxy stellar masses through forward photometric modelling Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Masters and PhD
Multiple Stellar Populations from a Single Galaxy Spectrum Galactic archaeology Honours
Not all stars are solar--so why model them that way? Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters and Summer scholar course
Observing black-hole formation following gravitational wave events Black hole phenomena Honours, Masters and PhD
Observing HII region spectra in isolated dwarf irregular galaxies from the SIGRID sample Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Masters and PhD
Orbital estimation and catalogue correlation Instrumentation Honours and Summer scholar course
OzDES SkyMapper observations for Reverberation Mapping Black hole phenomena, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Honours, Masters and PhD
Performance of the SkyMapper Supernovae Search Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Honours, Masters and PhD
Pocket GMT: a testbed for the Giant Magellan Telescope Instrumentation Honours and Summer scholar course
Probing the lagging halo of the Milky Way Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours and Masters
Projects related to Feedback by Jets and Winds in Active Galaxies Black hole phenomena, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Masters and PhD
Quantifying the velocity structure in turbulent rotating molecular clouds Instrumentation, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
Radio galaxy environments Black hole phenomena, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
Radio Galaxy Zoo and supermassive black holes Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
Radio spectra of galaxies undergoing feedback by relativistic jets Black hole phenomena, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours and Summer scholar course
Reconstructing the accretion history of Andromeda Galactic archaeology Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
Red spirals - how star formation fades in galaxies like the Milky Way Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Masters and PhD
Searching for stellar streams in the outer Milky Way halo Galactic archaeology Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
Semiconductor Guidestar Laser for Adaptive Optics Applications in Astronomy, Space Situational Awareness and Laser Communications Instrumentation Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
Site monitoring at Mount Stromlo Instrumentation Honours and Summer scholar course
SkyMapper Transient Survey Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
Star Clusters as Engines of Ionisation and their HII Regions in NGC 7793 Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
Stellar magnetic fields and stellar spectra Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
Studying the outer regions of dwarf galaxies Galactic archaeology Masters and PhD
Supernova feedback and star formation Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
The Age Distribution of Earth-like planets in the Universe Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
The cosmological evolution of the Milky Way’s antimatter factories Galactic archaeology Bachelor, Honours, Masters and Summer scholar course
The FunnelWeb survey for the TESS mission Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Masters and PhD
The Galactic Centre Gamma-Ray Excess: Signature of Dark Matter or Ancient Stars? Black hole phenomena, Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
The impact of systematic redshift errors on dark energy constraints Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Honours, Masters and Summer scholar course
The Initial Mass Function in the most extreme star-forming environments Stellar and planetary astronomy, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos PhD
The Kepler Extra-Galactic Survey - Supernovae, Black Holes, and Cosmology Stellar and planetary astronomy, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
The Kepler/K2 field: bridging stellar and Galactic astronomy Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
The Oldest Stars in the Universe Stellar and planetary astronomy Honours, Masters and PhD
The origin of metal rich globular clusters Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Honours and Masters
The role of turbulence for the origin of stellar masses Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
The Stromlo Milky Way Satellite Survey: Satellite galaxies as probe of structure formation in our cosmic backyard Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Honours, Masters and PhD
The world's largest turbulence simulations Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Bachelor, Honours, Masters, PhD and Summer scholar course
Thick disks in other spiral galaxies Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Masters and PhD
Three-dimensional image reconstruction of satellites Instrumentation Honours, PhD and Summer scholar course
Understanding the abundance spread in star clusters Galactic archaeology, Stellar and planetary astronomy Masters and PhD
Understanding the gamma-ray emission from the Galactic Centre’s giant outflow Galactic archaeology Bachelor, Honours, Masters and Summer scholar course
Understanding the Milky Way’s giant radio lobes Black hole phenomena, Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
Unveiling the globular cluster system of Andromeda with the Hubble Space Telescope Galactic archaeology Bachelor and Summer scholar course
Unveiling the properties of galaxies in the young Universe with the world’s largest telescope Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours and Masters
Using LEGO and 3D printing for optical instruments Instrumentation Honours and Summer scholar course
Using SN free host spectra to improve spectral classification Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Honours, Masters and Summer scholar course
Using THOR's Hammer to Measure the Temperature of the Milky Way Galactic archaeology, Structure and evolution of the Cosmos Bachelor, Honours, Masters and PhD
What type of planets might we measure with the Giant Magellan Telescope? Instrumentation, Stellar and planetary astronomy Honours and Masters