Dr Brad Tucker is an astrophysicist and cosmologist at the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Brad is leading programs using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope and TESS to understand why and how stars blow up. He’s also building a network of ultraviolet telescopes in the upper atmosphere, and is involved in a search to find Planet 9, as well as issues surrounding the mining of asteroids.

Brad frequently gives talks to school groups and the public about astronomy and has regular segments on various radio and TV stations. He has also developed a series of Astronomy coins with the Royal Australian Mint, consulted on science fiction movies, and has been featured in TV specials.

He is currently in the process of writing his first popular book and developing an online astronomy course.

Brad’s areas of interest include asteroids, comets, black holes, meteor, space junk, supernova, and big bangs.

Fields of expertise



New understanding of dark energy could reshape our knowledge of the universe 

The most detailed measurement of dark energy to date could reshape our understanding of how quickly the universe…

9 January 2024


Star witness: why would you find this ANU astrophysicist in court?

As an astrophysicist, Dr Brad Tucker is frequently asked for expert commentary. You might have caught him on…


What does space smell like?

In space no one can hear you scream, partially because they’d be distracted by the stench. There are…

7 February 2023


Space is filled with pollution. How can we clean it up? 

Thousands of objects are launched into space each year, but what happens when we no longer need them?…

7 December 2022


When to see Tuesday’s blood moon in all its glory

Attention space lovers: cancel your plans on Tuesday evening because you’re in for a treat. A blood moon will grace our skies,…

4 November 2022


Venus and Jupiter to get hearts racing with celestial ‘kiss’

Early risers are in for a celestial treat this weekend when four planets in our solar system align…


Australia set to blast off on its first moon mission

Australia’s space industry is abuzz with excitement after the Federal Government inked a deal with NASA to put…

15 December 2021


Detailed look at earliest moments of supernova explosion

In a world-first, astronomers at The Australian National University (ANU), working with NASA and an international team of…


Meteor shower to light up the sky

Australians will be treated to a spectacular show of streaking lights with shooting stars on display from early…


ANU astronomers help Tassie kids reach for the stars

Tasmanian students will get a better view of the southern night sky, with astronomers from The Australian National…


Summer space shows set to bring cheer in a tough year

Stargazers are in for a summer treat with three out-of-this-world events over the next week, ranging from shooting…

11 December 2020


Star spotted being ripped apart by Black Hole

Astronomers have spotted a rare phenomenon – a star being ripped apart by a supermassive black hole in a process called…

13 October 2020

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