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Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research

M101 Hubble Spitzer Chandra


Professor Sergei Gulyaev

Deputy Director

Tim Natusch

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

The main objectives of the Institute:

  • to develop Radio Astronomy and its astronomical and Earth Science applications in New Zealand 
  • to sustain the AUT Warkworth Radio Astronomical Observatory, maintain and develop its two radio telescopes
  • to deliver high-quality research outputs 
  • to develop trans-Tasman, Asia-Oceania and global co-operation in Radio Astronomy and Space Science
  • to establish sustainable research collaborations with international observatories and world leading space agencies
  • to participate in international consortia for the design phase of the Square Kilometre Array project and contribute to the SKA Science Focus Groups
  • to develop the Astronomy Major and support teaching of Astronomy and Physics

To achieve these goals we are engaged in:

  • research in Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • research in Earth Science applications such as space geodesy (VLBI and GPS) and the study of tectonic processes in NZ and Australia
  • research in big data and HPC with particular focus on developing capability for SKA requirements
  • operation and maintenance of a world class Radio Astronomical Observatory
  • support of space missions and international space exploration programs; co-operation with world leading observatories and space agencies such as NASA, SpaceX, ESA and JAXA

Last updated: 09 Jan 2012 9:40am

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Latest Publication

Alexander, J. and Gulyaev, S. 2012 On The Apparent Narrowing of Radio Recombination Lines at High Principal Quantum Numbers. Astrophysical Journal, v.745, p.194-199.

Radio Astronomy, Space Science and SKA

We are the only research institution in New Zealand with this research profile and were largely responsible for providing the basis for New Zealand to join the multi-billion dollar SKA project.