Astronomy

  • Focus

    Learning the Star Knowledge of First Australians

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people use their understanding of the night sky for a range...

    By Peter Reeve and Duane Hamacher. What comes to mind when you think of an “astronomer”? Perhaps a scientist peeri...

    Astronomy January 20, 2021
  • AAS #237: five things we learned

    Here are the key take-outs from the 237th meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

    Each January, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) conducts a meeting widely hailed as the “Superbowl of astronomy...

    Astronomy January 18, 2021
  • Cosmic collision spells beginning of the end

    Astronomers witness possible new mechanism for galaxies to die.

    Astronomers may have just witnessed a new way for galaxies to “die”, using the super-sensitive Atacama Large Millimet...

    Astronomy January 13, 2021
  • Icy asteroids?

    Novel study of meteorites raises a swag of Earth-origin questions.

    Stony meteorites known as carbonaceous chondrites show signs of liquid water no more than a million years ago, scient...

    Astronomy January 9, 2021
  • History

    Madam starmaker

    Henrietta Swan Leavitt transformed a powerful astronomical tradition.

    When it comes to prestige in US education, few names carry more weight than Harvard University. Founded in 1636 in...

    Space January 7, 2021
  • Conversation

    Look up for meteor showers in 2021

    Your guide to the best showers this year.

    By Jonti Horner for the University of Southern Queensland and Tanya Hill from Museums Victoria The best meteor sh...

    Astronomy January 6, 2021
  • What our clouds might tell us about Venus

    Aerobiology, microorganisms and prospects of life.

    Researchers in the emerging field of aerobiology are using microorganisms swept up in the Earth’s atmosphere to probe...

    Astronomy December 16, 2020
  • How’s the weather in Proxima Centauri?

    Stellar flares with a chance of radio bursts, it seems.

    Wild space weather may mean most of the exoplanets in the Milky Way are uninhabitable, according to new research. ...

    Astronomy December 10, 2020
  • Deep inside the Milky Way

    New Gaia data release looks back and forward

    Scientists working with brand-new data from the European Space Agency’s Gaia space telescope have mapped the precise ...

    Astronomy December 4, 2020
  • New and detailed atlas of the skies

    Telescope maps three million galaxies in 300 hours.

    A new radio telescope in outback Western Australia has just created an atlas of the southern sky in record-breaking t...

    Astronomy December 1, 2020
  • Was Earth once a bit more like Venus?

    Researchers create magma to model our old atmosphere.

    The degassing of early Earth’s magma ocean may have produced an atmosphere similar to that found on Venus today – ric...

    Astronomy November 28, 2020
  • Snapshot

    Zooming in on space

    Lots of pixels and our second minimoon.

    When trying to find things in space, it helps to have technology on your side. And the technology keeps getting bette...

    Astronomy November 24, 2020
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