Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research

Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research

Description

IRASR is the first (and only) radio astronomical institute in New Zealand. It was founded in 2004.

The main objectives of the Institute are: - to develop Radio Astronomy and its Earth Science applications in New Zealand. - to sustain the AUT's War worth Radio Astronomical Observatory, develop its radio telescopes and deliver high-quality research outputs - to develop trans-Tasman and global co-operation in Radio Astronomy and Space Science - to prepare a foundation for New Zealand, together with Australia, to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) - to develop Astronomy Major and support teaching Astronomy and Physics at AUT University

IRASR operates on a number of key projects including Square Kilometre Array, Dynamic Earth, Physics of the Interstellar Matter, and Radio Astronomy and VLBI

Expertise

IRASR operates AUT's War worth Radio Astronomical Observatory (WRAO) with two major radio telescopes – the first research capable radio telescopes in New Zealand

Research Focus

Research in radio astronomy and space science.

Past Successes

IRASR is the first (and only) radio astronomical institute in New Zealand.