Space and astronomy
CSIRO operates a number of astronomy facilities. These include the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF), which includes the Parkes radio telescope, Murriyang, and ASKAP, in Western Australia, the Canberra Deep Space Communication Centre, CDSCC, the CSIRO Centre for Earth Observation and the New Norcia Deep Space Antenna plus the space research program.
Our astronomers study cosmic objects, such as galaxies, gas clouds and pulsars, using our own radio telescopes and other instruments to build a deeper understanding of the Universe.
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PULSE@Parkes is a free educational program for students in years 10 – 12 run by CSIRO. It gives students the opportunity to use the iconic 64m Parkes radio telescope, Murriyang, live and remotely.
Using Parkes remotely but live, students observe pulsars, gather data then analyse it using an online module. The data is freely and publicly available, either via a simple database for students or in professional format via the CSIRO Data Access Portal. It can be used for open-ended student investigations.
An intrinsic and valuable part of the program is the interactions students have with our professional astronomers whilst observing. Students can ask questions about pulsars, astronomy, science careers and study options.
The program launched in December 2007. Since then over 2,500 students from more than 250 schools have participated in it. Sessions have reached schools in every state and territory across Australia and many other countries.
Meet our team
Robert is the Education Manager and Student Coordinator for space & astronomy. He is the Education Lead and Program Coordinator for PULSE@Parkes.
Dr George Hobbs, a pulsar expert, is a senior research scientist and Group Leader in space & astronomy. George is the Science Lead for PULSE@Parkes.
Dr Andrew Zic is a postdoctoral fellow at Macquarie University and CSIRO. He studies how various sources of bias might affect our search for the gravitational wave background with pulsar timing arrays.
Dr Charlotte Sobey, based in Perth, is an expert in using the world’s largest radio telescopes to study pulsars and magnetic fields.
Suk Yee Yong
Dr Suk Yee Yong is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Space & Astronomy and the Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Future Science Platform.
Dr Rui Luo is a Postdoctoral Fellow in space & astronomy, working on how to find the unknowns in radio data. Meanwhile, he also studies Fast Radio Bursts and pulsars.
Dr Jimi Green is a Group Leader in space and astronomy and the Parkes Senior System Scientist. He studies astrophysical masers.
Lawrence Toomey is responsible for our Parkes data archiving and software support.