Director of The Australian National University Institute for Space and the Advanced Instrumentation Technology Centre, Australian National University

Professor Anna Moore is the Director of The Australian National University Institute for Space and the Advanced Instrumentation Technology Centre.

She is also the lead researcher for DREAMS—the Dynamic REd All-Sky Monitoring Survey—a new infrared telescope that will monitor the entire southern sky in search of new cosmic events as they take place. It will be designed and built by astronomers at the Australian National University (ANU) in partnership with the Australian Astronomical Optics, Caltech, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Curtin University, Swinburne University, Macquarie University, Monash University, MIT, the University of New South Wales, the University of Sydney, and the University of Western Australia.

Anna was a member of the Australian government's Space Expert Reference Group that led to the formation of the Australian Space Agency in July 2018.

She was previously a research scientist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and has built major instruments for the Australian Astronomical Observatory, the Japanese National Large Telescope (known as Subaru), Mount Palomar's Observatory in California, and Hawaii's W.M. Keck Observatory (currently the world's largest telescopes).

She has worked extensively in the field of infrared spectrographs, which are part of the next generation of tools scientists are using to map the sky and to help search for astronomical events including hidden novae, supernovae, and now gravitational wave events.

Co-editor of the Handbook of Astronomical Instrumentation by World Scientific Press, Anna has served on a number of panels and committees for NASA, the US National Science Foundation, and the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR).

She currently chairs the Astronomy and Astrophysics from Antarctica Scientific Research Program.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor + Director of Mt Stromlo AITC, Australian National University