The department is responsible for championing research that will increase the understanding of planets that exist outside the Earth’s Solar System through coordinating scientific research and educational programmes to improve science education. The main focus areas are;Space Physics Astrophysics, Space Weather Planetary Science.
Space Weather describes the variations in the space environment between the sun and Earth. In particular Space Weather describes the phenomena that impact systems and technologies in orbit and on Earth. Space weather can occur anywhere from the surface of the sun to the surface of Earth. Studying space weather is important to our national economy because solar storms can affect the advanced technology we have become so dependent upon in our everyday lives.
Astrophysics is the branch of astronomy concerned with the physical nature of stars and other celestial bodies, and the application of the laws and theories of physics to the interpretation of astronomical observations. Astrophysics and the space technology industry offer some of the best career paths for physics, mathematics, engineering and computer science graduates who are seeking a professional career, whilst still maintaining contact with advanced scientific concepts.
Space Physics is the study of any physics concepts related to space travel or space exploration. We study space physics in order to understand where we came from, where we are going, and how physics works under conditions which are impossible to recreate on Earth. Space exploration and related careers is an everexpanding area with great potential for numerous future.
Planetary science is the scientific study of planets and their planetary systems which includes Planetary scientists work to improve our understanding of the planets, satellites and smaller bodies in the solar system through: Studying the atmospheres, surfaces and interiors of planets, Understanding the origins of planets and the physical processes at work, Using radar to determine the physical characteristics of asteroids and to search for asteroids that may pose a hazard to Earth, moons, ring systems, g SATURN ECLIPSING THE SUN as clouds, and magnetospheres.