Helmut Jerjen

Senior Fellow of the Australian National University

"Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away." (Philip, K. Dick, 1928-1982)

Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics
Mt Stromlo Observatory
Australian National University
Cotter Road, Weston ACT 2611

Fax : +61 (0)2 6125 02 60
Tel : +61 (0)2 6125 80 38

The Stromlo Milky Way Satellites (SMS) Survey

Publications: ADS (chronologically) or ADS (citation order)

International Meetings

The course I am currently teaching at ANU: Stars (ASTR3007)

I am the Convenor of the RSAA PhD Program Info

Research Projects for undergraduate Astronomy/Physics Students: link

Observing Utilities
2.3m instructions

My PhD/MPhil students:

Main Supervisor

Markus Dirnberger, April 2019, on-going

Dongwon Kim, *PhD completed May 2017

Tye Young, *MPhil completed April 2019

Tammy Roderick , *PhD completed March 2016

Emma Kirby, *PhD completed August 2010*

Shane Walsh, *PhD completed October 2008*

Laura Dunn, *PhD completed December 2007*

Brad Warren, *PhD completed May 2005*


Surya Aniyan, *PhD completed

Frederic Vogt, *PhD completed

David Nicholls, *PhD completed March 2014*

Bonita de Swardt, *PhD completed July 2009*

Antoine Bouchard, *PhD completed June 2006*


Emily McNeil, *PhD completed December 2010*

Se-Heon Oh, *PhD completed June 2009*

Eduard Westra, *PhD completed December 2007*

Sebastian Gurovich, *PhD completed August 2006*

Rami Rekola, *PhD completed December 2004*

Research Interests and International Projects:

Dwarf Galaxies: Formation and evolution, morphology, stellar and gas contents, photometric properties

Your meaner beauties of the night,
That poorly satisfy our eyes
More by your number than your light,
You common people of the skies;
What are you when the moon shall rise?
love poem by Henry Wotton (17th century)

The First Spiral Structure ever discovered in a Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy

Type-specific luminosity functions of galaxies:

Build your own Galaxy LF

Extragalactic distance indicators:

Surface Brightness Fluctuations, SAPAC, TRGB

The 10 Mpc Sphere:

The Local Sphere of Influence , Galaxies in the Local Volume

The dark side of the local universe:

The HIPASS Survey, The Local Volume HI Survey (LVHIS)

The bright side of the dark universe:

Optical properties of HI galaxies , Einstein Ring at z=3.773

Galaxy clusters:

3D-Structure of the Virgo cluster , the Fornax cluster

Near-field cosmology:

Search for optically elusive Milky Way satellites