Astronomy

  • Sparkle and spiral

    Hubble captures the visual splendour of a distant galaxy.

    This is a galaxy dubbed NGC 2903. It lies about 30 million light-years from Earth in the constellation of Leo, and si...

    Astronomy May 7, 2019
  • Astronomers confirm ancient observations

    Galaxy cluster nebula recorded back in 48 BCE.

    Scientists have repeated observations made almost 2070 years ago by Chinese astronomers, confirming one of the earlie...

    Astronomy May 7, 2019
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    Eta Aquariid meteor shower lights up sky

    Remnants from Halley's Comet will provide a spectacular show.

    Amateur astronomers across Australia will be treated to shooting stars over the next few days, as bits of rock and ic...

    ASC Edits May 7, 2019
  • Time and space, as never seen before

    Mosaic shows more than a quarter of a million galaxies.

    Astronomers have combined images from 16 years of observations made by Hubble Space Telescope, operated jointly by NA...

    Astronomy May 6, 2019
  • Scientists gear up for asteroid near-miss

    A one-in-a-millennium close encounter due in 2029.

    Scientists are gearing up for a near miss by the largest asteroid to pass close to the Earth in recent history. The ...

    Astronomy May 5, 2019
  • Star hints at Milky Way’s cataclysmic past

    Big Dipper likely originated in a small galaxy, now merged.

    Researchers have identified a star in the Milky Way they believe originated from outside the galaxy. An eighteenth...

    Astronomy May 5, 2019
  • Earth magma ocean ended up on the moon

    New modelling resolves a few contradictions in hypothesis.

    A large part of the moon was created from a liquid magma ocean that covered much of the early Earth, new modelling su...

    Astronomy May 2, 2019
  • Earth hit by 17 meteors a day

    TUS conference talks about the when and the where.

    Every year, the Earth is hit by about 6100 meteors large enough to reach the ground, or about 17 every day, research ...

    Astronomy May 2, 2019
  • Sunset on Mars

    InSight captures the end of the day, 55 million kilometres away.

    The daily dying of the light on Mars.NASA/JPL-CaltechIn late April, the NASA InSight Lander took a break from its thu...

    Astronomy May 2, 2019
  • Black hole shoots plasma every which way

    Astronomers record some ‘extraordinary’ behaviour.

    Astronomers have revealed the bizarre behaviour of a black hole known as V404 Cygni, located some 8000 light-years fr...

    Astronomy April 29, 2019
  • Take that, Ryugu!

    Small hole on an asteroid; giant smack for humankind.

    Humanity has passed a small, but highly symbolic, milestone: the world just made its first ever crater off the planet...

    Astronomy April 29, 2019
  • Galaxy containing first black hole pic revealed

    NASA orbiter captures black hole spewing particle jets.

    An image from NASA’s Spitzer Telescope has put the first-ever direct picture of a black hole, taken by the Event Hori...

    Astronomy April 26, 2019
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