UCL Observatory (UCLO)



Astronomy is one of the most interesting and exciting subjects to study, and explaining the beauty of the night sky is deeply rewarding. Being based on a firm mathematical and physics foundation, it prepares a student for many careers both inside and outside of the field.
KonicaMinolta 60-cm telescope in Chile

Instrumentation & AI

We constantly develop and enhance our instrumentation for observational astrophysics; and we are engaged in programmes to make use of modern computing tools and networks of robotic telescopes.

Gaia16aye final caustic crossing - 2016 Nov 21-22


Photometric observations at UCLO are used in the study of extrasolar-planet transits, microlensing events, solar-system occultation events, and supernovae.


Deep Sky Projects

Even inside the M25 we make the most of many short combined exposures to reach magnitudes of 22 and 23 in deep sky fields.

Shelyak spectrum of Venus


We have in the past employed spectroscopy to record spectra of planets and bright stars. We are in the process of acquiring a new spectrometer for future measurements.

Jupiter from Radcliffe

Planetary Science

Using the C14 telescopes at UCLO, we have performed imaging of the sulphur torus of Io, one of the moons of Jupiter.



The academic staff of the observatory are actively publishing science as well as teaching it


We are part of UCL Physics and Astronomy: 
Internationally renowned Department for being at the forefront of world-leading research and providing high-class teaching. 

Staff Publications:
The academic staff are actively publishing science as well as teaching.

General Enquires:
Mrs Kay Nakum
T: 020 3549 5807
E: k.nakum@ucl.ac.uk