Planetary Atmospheres at UNSW

This is the home page of the planetary atmospheres research group at the School of Physics University of New South Wales, Sydney. We study the atmospheres (and ocasionally surfaces and interiors) of planets including the Earth, other solar system planets and exoplanets (as well as brown dwarfs and cool stars)using remote sensing and atmospheric modelling.

Image Gallery      VSTAR (atmospheric modelling software and databases)       HIPPI (our new polarimeter)

Mars Venus clouds Venus airglow
Infrared Image of Mars taken with UKIRT on August 17 2003 (More Images) Infrared image of the Venus clouds at 2.3 microns taken with IRIS2 on the AAT (Jul 9th 2004) (More Images) Venus IR O2 Airglow at 1.27 microns observed with the ANU 2.3m telescope on Sep 26 2002

Planetary Atmospheres Team

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Our Research:

Earth Atmosphere and Climate:

Solar System Observations:
Extrasolar Planet Observations:
Planetary Atmosphere Modelling:


How the Moon got its Water - The Conversation, Oct 16th 2012

Four new planets found - including Super-Earth - AAO Press Release, 14 Dec 2009

Kaguya Impact on the Moon Observed, 10 June, 2009.

Lunar Clues to the Origin of Life - The Australian, 10 Dec 2008.

AAPS announces three new planets - 7 Feb 2007

PLANETPOL run on the WHT - Demonstrates polarimetry to one part in a million - May 1 2004

Our Mars Image on the front page of The Times (Aug 27 2003)

Press Release: Astronomers hunt Martian Water from Earth - Aug 26 2003

Jeremy Bailey  - 6 November 2012