Astrophysicist Professor Tara Murphy has always loved thinking about the ‘big questions’ like, what’s our place in the universe?
So it was a thrilling moment in 2017, when the University of Sydney professor and her team confirmed radio signals from ripples in time and space that were created 130-million light years away.
Tara says the University of Sydney’s School of Physics is a great place to study astrophysics. “We’re leading international projects in everything from the most extreme events in distant space, to how stars and galaxies evolve,” Tara says. “We’re also building the next generation of telescopes.”
To study a physics major, you can enrol in a Bachelor of Science, combined Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Advanced Studies or the Bachelor of Liberal Arts and Science.
There are also astronomy modules to choose from, from year one, all the way through to Honours year projects. “There’s something for everyone who’s interested in the physics, engineering, or computing of astronomy,” she adds.
Tara is helping hundred-of-thousands of students around the world too, through her startup Grok Learning – providing coding courses for high schools and universities. “Modern science is a collaborative pursuit. It needs people with all different skills, from highly technical, to great communicators. So, if you’re interested in astronomy, give it a go!” – Jake Dean
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This article was produced in partnership with The University of Sydney.
“We’re leading international projects in everything from the most extreme events in distant space, to how stars and galaxies evolve,” Tara says. “We’re also building the next generation of telescopes.”
Author: Jake Dean
Jake Dean is a South Australian writer and surfer with a passion for science, the environment and conservation.