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Research at AOP

At AOP we carry out front-line research in several key areas of astrophysics, involving the Sun and our
Solar System, the stars and our Galaxy, and other galaxies. The breadth of these research themes
illustrates the primary long-term function of AOP.  Projects are often funded by external
(i.e. non-Department) funding agencies with lead times of typically one to two years. They are normally
led by an individual Research Astronomer and often require 3–5 years for completion.


Introduction to AOP Research

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium provides a strong, positive image of Northern Ireland on the
international stage. Members of staff play a full role in the international astronomical community, for
example, serving on committees of bodies such as the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS), the Royal Irish Academy (RIA), the Astronomical Science Group of Ireland (ASGI) and the International Astronomical Union (IAU); assessing grant and research proposals on behalf of external funding agencies and reviewing scientific papers and editing international academic journals.

Research Topics

In order to provide a practical understanding of how the work of AOP research contributes to
understanding of the cosmos, and how it supports and enhances the Northern Ireland economy and the
region’s international reputation, some highlights of the research currently being undertaken at AOP are

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