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Astronomy Group

A growing supermassive black hole, one of the most obscured known, meaning it is surrounded by extremely thick clouds of gas and dust

We study space and cosmic phenomena above the Earth’s atmosphere. We use observations of the heavens to better comprehend our place in the Solar system, to improve our understanding of the origin and growth of galaxies, extreme objects such as black holes, and the universe itself.

The Astronomy group is part of Physics and Astronomy. We are part of the larger Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, which brings together fundamental research with one of the UK's largest and strongest Electronics and Computer Science departments.
We are in the UK top 10 and world top 100 for Physics and Astronomy (QS World Rankings by Subject 2017).
100% of our research is rated world leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society (REF 2021).

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Physics and Astronomy, Building 46
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ
Reception for the building is in Room 5001