ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics
ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (or CAASTRO) is a collaboration of international astronomers dedicated to wide field astronomy. It was formally launched on 12 September 2011, at Sydney Observatory.
CAASTRO aims to be an international leader in wide-field astronomy. It plans to deliver transformational new science by bringing together unique expertise in radio astronomy, optical astronomy, theoretical astrophysics and computation.
CAASTRO is pursuing three interlinked scientific programmes, each of which can be addressed only with the all-sky perspective provided by wide-field telescopes:
- The Evolving Universe: When did the first galaxies form, and how have they then evolved?
- The Dynamic Universe: What is the high-energy physics that drives change in the Universe?
- The Dark Universe: What are the Dark Energy and Dark Matter that dominate the cosmos?
CAASTO is an Australian initiative, led by The University of Sydney, in conjunction with the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne, the University of Western Australia, Curtin University and Swinburne University of Technology, complemented by a group of world-class Australian and international partners. It is funded by the Australian Research Council, by the NSW Government and by the member organisations.
CAASTRO is directed by Professor Bryan Gaensler (Sydney University)