Welcome to the Keele Astrophysics Group which is part of the
School of Chemical and Physical Sciences and the Faculty of Natural Sciences.
The Keele Astrophysics group currently consists of 11 academic staff
members, with research interests including star formation and stellar clusters,
late stellar evolution, massive stars and their impact on the early universe,
the interstellar medium, binary stars, interacting binary stars, and the
detection of extra-solar planets.
BBC2's Stargazing Live 2017 Extravaganza 2016
Keele Observatory opens its doors again for this year's edition of BBC2's
Stargazing Live, on Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 March between
12:30-1:30 in the day and 7-10pm in the evening. Entry is free, no booking is
required. Admire the Heavens through our gigantic telescopes (weather
permitting), and watch a show in the award winning StarDome planetarium.
Professional astronomers will be at hand to answer your questions. More details
about the observatory are available from its website
Astrophysics Work Experience
Between 3-7 July 2017, the Astrophysics Group at Keele University will be
hosting a week-long "research experience", at the Lennard-Jones laboratories
on Keele campus. The project is aimed at students with a keen interest in
science, technology and computing that are in in years 10, 11 or 12 of their
school/college studies and who are perhaps thinking of going on to do science at
The research experience will involve students working in small teams on research
projects that utilise data from world-class observatories, such as the NASA
Kepler satellite and Keele's SuperWASP telescopes. The teams will be
responsible for researching the context of their work, analysing data, recording
their results, drawing conclusions and then presenting their work to the rest of
For more details see the linked leaflet or contact Professor Rob Jeffries email:
r.d.jeffries "at" keele.ac.uk
Stardome project wins national widening participation and outreach award
The Astrophysics group's "Stardome", a portable planetarium for schools, developed by Prof Rob Jeffries using funding from the STFC and Keele's alumni fund, won the Times Higher Education Supplement Widening Participation and Outreach initiative of the year award.
The 6-m diameter inflatable planetarium is taken to around 35 local schools and 4000 school pupils per year by Prof Jeffries and a team of "Keele student ambassadors". The project is administered by Keele's widening participation team. Pupils learn about the cosmos, stellar evolution, the search for alien life and Keele's role in discovering exoplanetary systems around other stars.