General Information

Research interests of Observatory staff are currently focused on three key areas of astrophysics: Solar-System Science, Solar Physics, and Stellar and Galactic Astrophysics. Solar-System research encompasses the dynamical structure, evolution and origin of objects in the inner and outer solar system and comparative planetology and meteor physics. Solar research uses data various spacecraft and ground-based facilities to study fundamental questions such as how the Sun's outer atmosphere is heated, what drives the solar wind and the Sun's variable magnetic activity. Stellar and Galactic research includes a wide range of investigations into the formation and evolution of stars, taking into account factors such as mass loss through stellar winds, studying stellar oscillations, stellar magnetic fields, extreme chemical abundances, understanding the details of accretion physics and conducting wide-field surveys to discover a diverse range of astrophysically important short-period variable stars. These research themes illustrate the Observatory's primary long-term research function. Recent papers from Armagh staff can be found here.

Armagh is a full partner in international projects such as the new Solar Telescope DKIST; the radio telescope iLofar, the GOTO survey telescope on La Palma GOTO and the currently being built gamma-ray detector CTA.

There is currently a fluctuating population of around 25 research staff including students and short-term visitors, who are supported by a pool of technical and administrative support staff. The 14 acres of landscaped Observatory Grounds and Astropark and the daily meteorological readings are maintained by a senior grounds/meteorological support officer, responsible for taking the daily meteorological readings. For more detail on the Observatory, goto

We have at least one fully funded studentship and is open to students world-wide.

Last Revised: 2016 December 16th