Astronomy

  • Cosmic dust clouds obscure hidden ‘empty space’ galaxies

    Discovery of two galaxies leaves astronomers wondering how many more might exist behind clouds of...

    In a case of celestial serendipity, an international team of researchers has discovered two hidden galaxies in empty ...

    News September 23, 2021
  • Tall poppies growing to orbit | Cosmos Weekly Taster

    Australia’s space industry is well and truly off the ground. It’s reaching for the sky. But it’s ...

    This article on the Australian space economy first appeared in Cosmos Weekly on 10 September 2021. For more stories l...

    Astronomy September 15, 2021
  • The mysteries of ultradiffuse galaxies

    Simulations show they have a range of bizarre origins.

    An international team of astronomers have shed light on a mysterious galactic phenomenon: elusive ultradiffuse galaxi...

    Astronomy September 7, 2021
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    The origins of snakes and lizards, speedy asteroids, tree-ring tsunamis and more – here’s what we...

    Reptile fossil provides clues to origin of snakes and lizards While palaeontologists know quite a lot about the ea...

    Astronomy August 30, 2021
  • Interstellar comets are more common than thought

    “We’re finding that there could be substantially more visitors,” say Harvard scientists

    Two years ago, astronomers detected an extraterrestrial visitor to our solar system – a rogue comet called 2I/Borisov...

    Astronomy August 23, 2021
  • Disintegrating comet was seen by ancient civilisations

    A modern comet’s demise hints at spectacular show 5,000 years ago.

    Researchers in the US have wound back the cosmic clock to determine that a spectacular comet whizzed past the Earth 5...

    Astronomy August 23, 2021
  • Radioactive elements in the early solar system

    Data from a stellar nursery yields clues about our own star’s formation.

    An international team of scientists have found new clues about the development of our solar system, after examining r...

    Astronomy August 17, 2021
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    Animals August 9, 2021
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    Precision planet detection

    New tool to search for worlds beyond our solar system.

    Macquarie University astronomer Christian Schwab has just helped develop one of the most precise tools ever built to ...

    Astronomy August 5, 2021
  • The Moon’s rocky clues – and what they reveal

    Moon rocks can tell us a great deal about the origins of our Solar System – now we know where to ...

    Not long after landing on the Moon, Neil Armstrong pocketed the first Moon rock. You can see the regolith brecchia he...

    Astronomy August 5, 2021
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    Finding alien lava tubes

    How will they help humans live on the moon?

    In order to learn more about worlds beyond Earth, scientists are currently developing cutting-edge tools to attach to...

    Astronomy August 3, 2021
  • Is the truth out there?

    How the Harvard-based Galileo Project will search the skies for alien technology.

    By Ray Norris, Western Sydney University Can we find alien technology? That is the ambitious goal of the Galileo P...

    Astronomy July 30, 2021
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