planetary science

Centre for Astrophysics and Planetary Science

School of Physical Sciences

The Centre for Astronomy and Planetary Science currently consists of 9 academics, 4 postdocs and 13 PhD and MSc students. The group’s research interests cover a large and diverse range of themes including Solar System and Space Science, the Interstellar Medium, Star Formation, Galactic Structure and Planetary Nebulae. The activities include infrared and radio astronomy, astrobiology, astrochemistry, astrofluids and numerical astrophysics.

We are part of the School of Physical Sciences at the University of Kent, based on the Canterbury Campus in South East England, around one hour from central London by train.

Kent has a rich legacy in astrophysics and planetary science since the University opened in the 1960s. Since 2005 the group has been led by Professor Michael Smith and has operated two portfolios; one of Astrophysics (with foci on star formation and the structure of our galaxy; Professor Michael Smith, Dr Dirk Froebrich, Dr Jingqi Miao and Dr James Urquhart) and one in planetary science (with foci on comets & asteroids observational work and impact studies; Professors Mark Burchell and Stephen Lowry, Dr Mark Price and Dr Penny Wozniakiewicz). With the arrival of Professor Nigel Mason we will be expanding our portfolio to include astrochemistry.