Astronomy Research Group is in charge in developing astronomy, astrophysics, space science, and other sciences of similar nature. In addition to that, Astronomy Research Group is also in charge in developing lecturer’s career, developing lectures, executing research programs and community services, and expanding scholarly networks in coordination with the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Observatorium Bosscha.
Astronomy Research Group is divided into three subgroups. Firstly, the subgroup of Galaxies and Cosmology that researches the study of structure, dynamics, distribution, evolution, and clusters of galaxies and active galaxies (quasars), and the finding of dark matters, theoretical cosmology and observational cosmology. Secondly, the subgroup of Physics of Stars that researches theoretical studies such as numerical modelling of stellar and atmospheric structure; observational studies like photometry and spectroscopy; and development of data acquisition and processing system of CCD-based astronomical instrumentation. Thirdly, the subgroup of Solar System that researches the physics of sun, the study of dynamic and evolution of asteroid, the study of atmospheric structure of planets in the solar system and extrasolar planets.
Currently, there are 18 members of Astronomy Research Groups. Either individually or in team, Astronomy Research Group members conduct the research corresponding to the research’s road map. The result of the research is publicised in scientific communities in the form of seminar presentations and journal articles. Throughout 2016, Astronomy Research Group has made published more than 20 articles. Not only that, the group members are also actively participated as committees, moderators, or reviewers for symposiums, national, or international conferences, and actively participated in expertise activities as visiting lecturer, spokesperson, hilal observation team, science olympiad judging team, and preparational team for National Observatory and NTT Science Center. On top of that, Astronomy Research Group is also involved in several community service programs such as socializing full solar eclipse phenomenon on March 9, 2016, “You are Galileo!”, and human resource training for Kupang Science Center.