The Australian Centre of Astrobiology and the University of New South Wales are active centers of research in the field of Astrophysics. Current research topics include astrobiology, cosmology, star formation and extrasolar planets.
The Planetary Atmospheres Group studies the atmospheres of planets within our solar system and beyond it, and is led by Associate Professor Jeremy Bailey
Cosmological variability of the fundamental constants is researched by a team at the UNSW Department of Astrophysics and Optics.
Making use of the Mopra millimetre wave telescope at Siding Spring Observatory, and the NANTEN2 telescope on the 5000m Atacom plateau of Chile, the Astrophysics Department also investigates star formation and the interstellar medium,