Astronomy

  • Micrometeorites: constant barrage

    There’s a lot of space dust falling on Earth every year. Good thing most of it is so small.

    Ann Hodges was chilling on her couch in Alabama, US, one afternoon in 1954 when a meteorite burst through the roof an...

    Astronomy May 6, 2021
  • Mapping a meteoroid’s long journey from Vesta to Earth

    Motopi Pan left the asteroid 22 million years ago, and now the journey’s been traced.

    22 million years ago, something smashed into the big, bright Vesta asteroid, ejecting a meteoroid into space. Scie...

    Astronomy April 30, 2021
  • Spinning stars speedier than expected

    Asteroseismologists confirm older stars rotate faster than previously thought.

    From planets to galaxies, asteroids to black holes, everything in the universe moves and spins, largely thanks to the...

    Astronomy April 23, 2021
  • Gender equality in astronomy could take 60 years to achieve

    Serious reforms needed to bring more women into space research, modelling shows.

    Without affirmative action, it could take another 60 years or more before women make up a third of Australia’s astron...

    Astronomy April 20, 2021
  • Focus

    Laser to zap space debris, funding for SKA

    ANU team helps build a laser to move space debris; PM announces funding boost for astronomy.

    Australian National University researchers working with defence technology company EOS have developed lasers to blast...

    Space Exploration April 16, 2021
  • Martian climate had ups and downs

    Curiosity rover spies possible evidence for fluctuating wet and dry periods.

    While its sibling Perseverance has just landed on the Red Planet, the Curiosity rover – on Mars since 2012 – continue...

    Astronomy April 9, 2021
  • Astronomers declare no further research required

    Astronomers around the globe reveal that we’ve learned everything we need to know about the unive...

    Scientists across the world have declared that no further research is required in the field of astronomy, saying that...

    Astronomy April 1, 2021
  • 2I/Borisov: Interstellar interloper

    New comet is only the second ever interstellar visitor detected entering our solar system.

    It’s only the second interstellar visitor a telescope on our planet has ever recorded (pipped to the post by Oumuamua...

    Astronomy March 31, 2021
  • Magnetic fields mapped around black hole

    World-spanning telescope gives new view of supermassive black hole.

    The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) has just snapped a new image of the massive object lurking at the centre of the Mes...

    Astronomy March 25, 2021
  • Ocean worlds in the solar system

    Earth isn’t the only planet with liquid oceans – we examine some others.

    Once upon a time, the only world known to have an ocean of water was Earth. Now, planetary scientists think there are...

    Astronomy March 24, 2021
  • Conversation

    Aboriginal star names recognised

    The stories behind Aboriginal star names recognised by the International Astronomical Union.

    Milky Way star map by Bill Yidumduma Harney, Senior Wardaman Edler. Bill Yidumduma Harney, CC BY By Duane Hamacher...

    Astronomy March 16, 2021
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    Astronomy March 15, 2021
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