Welcome to the site of the Astronomical Observatory, a research group in the Department of Physics and astronomy.
The area of research of the research group is highly dynamic, with a constant interplay of observation and theory. A short overview of the different branches of the research: N-body/SPH simulations of the formation and evolution of (dwarf) galaxies, modelling radiative transfer (e.g. for interstellar dust) using Monte-Carlo methods, requesting/receiving/using time for observations all over the world, reducing data of the Herschel Space Telescope, ...
The Astronomical Observatory of the University of Ghent dates from 1904, and was at that time located in the Institut des Sciences, now known as the Plateau- Rozier building, in the center of town. The principal objective of its observing activities have been, and still are, educational.
In the 1970s the observatory moved into a new location (ED50 coordinates 0h14m50.12s E, 51deg01’25’’ N) at the Krijgslaan 281 (S9). It became a part of the Department of Mathematical Physics and Astronomy in 1993.
The research group became a part of a renewed Department of Physics and Astronomy in 2010.