SAO News

  • SAO August 2015 graduation
    SAO graduated 10 students on 25 August 2015. Congratulations to our graduates! For our alumni list click here. For the SAO graduation photo gallery click here.

  • SAO April 2015 graduation
    SAO graduated 23 students on 13 April 2015. Congratulations to our graduates! For our alumni list click here. For the SAO graduation photo gallery click here.

  • SAO Honour Roll for S2-2014
    SAO Honour Roll, which lists the top students for each SAO unit, has been updated for S2-2014. Congratulations to all.

  • SAO re-accrediation apprived for another 5 years
    The three degree programs of SAO were re-accredited by the University Senate on the 26 November 2014 for 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2019. Accreditation information can be found here.

  • Excellence Awards for 2013
    Excellence Awards, which lists the top SAO students for each SAO program, has been updated for 2013. Congratulations to Robert Miller, Philip Cash and Philip Hall!

  • SAO on Twitter
    SAO now has its own Twitter feed at @onlineastronomy.

  • Top 75 in world for physics
    Swinburne Vice Chancellor Prof. Kristjanson discusses the recent ranking of the university in the top 400 by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) and top 75 in the field of physics.

    Read here

  • SAO student co-authors Science paper
    SAO student John Drummond (Possum Observatory Complex, Gisbourne, New Zealand) has contributed to observations that have discovered an Earth-like planet in a binary star system located 3,000 light-years away. The planet (named OGLE-2013-BLG-0341LBb) orbits one of the stars in the binary system at almost exactly the same distance from which Earth orbits the sun. The resultant paper by Gould et al. is in Science, vol 345, (6192), p46-49 and the abstract is given here:

    See more via the Stardome (NZ) press release at:

  • AST80006 wins biennial OUA 2014 NOVA award
    The SAO team is delighted to announce that our unit AST80006 Galaxies and their Place in the Universe won a 2014 NOVA Award for Online Learning Excellence sponsored by Open Universities Australia.

    For more details:

  • New Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology (FSET)
    As of Jan. 1, 2014 SAO will be part of the new Department of Physics & Astronomy (DPA) and the ongoing Centre for Astrophysics & Supercomputing (CAS) in the new Faculty of Science, Engineering & Technology (FSET).

  • SAO wins 2012 Vice-Chancellors Teaching prize
    SAO recently won the SUT Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award (Higher Education) in recognition of the Team’s highly successful astronomy online program, which uses multi-pronged practices to influence, motivate and inspire students through the:

    • creation of opportunities for people throughout the world to engage in postgraduate level study in astronomy;
    • design, development and utilisation of outstanding delivery strategies and materials for online education in astronomy;
    • provision of ongoing support for a highly-engaged international network of astronomy students and alumni, thus fostering a sense of global community.

    For details click here.

  • SAO on Facebook
    SAO now has its own Facebook page at FB: Swinburne Astronomy Online.

  • SAO wins prestigious Citation Award from Australian Government
    SAO has been recognised for teaching excellence and making an outstanding contribution to student learning with a prestigious Citation Award from the Commonwealth Government. The Australian Awards for University Teaching are designed to recognise quality teaching practice and outstanding contributions to student learning. The award specifically recognises Sarah Maddison, Chris Fluke, Matthew Bailes, Virginia Kilborn, Andrew Jameson, Artem Bourov and Glen Mackie from SAO/CAS and Anne Davis, the FICT Manager of Students and Programs. For more read SUT Media release.

Old News of Interest

  • World University Rankings - SUT goes up into the top 400
    Swinburne University of Technology has been promoted into the world's top 400 universities in the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) [formerly the Shanghai Jiao Tong index) released today (15 Aug. 2012). Vice-Chancellor Professor Linda Kristjanson said Swinburne was entering the top 400 university rankings for the first time, having been in the top 500 since 2009. Swinburne is now ranked equal tenth among Australian universities and third within Victoria. Swinburne is also ranked in the top 100 universities in the world in Physics. For more see: SUT Media release

  • Change of SAO Coordinator
    After 12 years at the helm of SAO Sarah has retired as program coordinator. During this time SAO has grown into a comprehensive program offering 18 units (containing 4 Major Project units). Glen takes over as program coordinator from Sarah, but is happy to note that she will continue to teach into SAO! Thank you Sarah! We wish you well in your future astronomy endeavours.

  • SAO Alumni co-authors Nature paper!
    SAO alumni Trevor Barry is co-author on a Nature research paper (Volume 475, 71. 7 July 2011) "Deep winds beneath Saturn’s upper clouds from a seasonal long-lived planetary-scale storm" by Sánchez-Lavegahas et al. Trevor is a contributor to the The International Outer Planet Watch (IOPW) Team. For details visit here. Well done Trevor!

  • SAO Alumni tracks Saturnian Storm for NASA!
    One of Swinburne Astronomy Online's former students, Trevor Barry, has made the headlines by observing an electrical storm on Saturn from his telescope in Broken Hill. Trevor is one of only four amateur astronomers supplying regular images to the NASA Cassini team. For details visit here and here.

  • Swinburne excels
    Follow In Melbourne: SUT top ranked University for teaching and graduate satisfaction and In Australia: SUT excels in university quality report for details.
  • SAO student goes into orbit!
    SAO Masters student, Anousheh Ansari visited the International Space Station on 18 September 2006.

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