ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO)
By answering fundamental questions about the nature of the Universe, by developing innovative ways of processing enormous data-sets, and by providing a diverse set of opportunities for students and young researchers, CAASTRO aims to establish Australia as the world-leader in wide-field astronomy. CAASTRO is uniting the world’s top astronomers in a focused collaborative environment and is changing the way we understand the Cosmos.
CAASTRO is pursuing three interlinked scientific programmes, each of which can be addressed only with the all-sky perspective provided by wide-field telescopes:
- The Evolving Universe: When did the first galaxies form, and how have they then evolved?
- The Dynamic Universe: What is the high-energy physics that drives change in the Universe?
- The Dark Universe: What are the Dark Energy and Dark Matter that dominate the cosmos?
All CAASTRO activities are based on the principle that international leadership comes from commensurate investment in cutting-edge facilities and human capital. In particular, the CAASTRO research program is underpinned by a strong focus on training the next generation of scientists, thus providing a legacy extending well beyond the Centre’s lifetime. The students we mentor and inspire will lead the scientific discoveries made on future wide-field facilities, culminating in the ultimate all-sky telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). CAASTRO is further motivated by the belief that science is a passionate undertaking, and this passion should be contagious. We aim to leverage the high impact and strong public interest in our discoveries to highlight Australian innovation to the general public and to inspire students to consider careers in science and engineering.
CAASTRO is receiving more than $29M in funding over the period 2011-2018. CAASTRO is led by The University of Sydney, in conjunction with the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne, the University of Western Australia, Curtin University, Swinburne University of Technology, and The University of Queensland complemented by a group of world-class Australian and international partners.
The University of Melbourne node of CAASTRO is primarily engaged with the Evolving Universe theme, of which Professor Stuart Wyithe is lead, with an emphasis on Epoch of Reionization science.