Astronomy

  • 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 BYBy Duane Hamacher...

    Astronomy March 16, 2021
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    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

    Off-switch for alcoholism?Australian-led research has potentially discovered a way to treat alcohol addiction wit...

    Astronomy March 15, 2021
  • More massive, more problems

    Heavy black hole may change astronomers’ understanding of their formation.

    The first black hole ever discovered is more massive than we thought, according to an international team of astronome...

    Astrophysics February 19, 2021
  • Conversation

    Missing matter

    5 twinkling galaxies help astronomers uncover baryonic mystery.

    By Yuanming Wang, University of Sydney and Tara Murphy, University of SydneyWe’ve all looked up at night and admi...

    Astronomy February 8, 2021
  • “Puffed-up” planet unlike any other

    Gas giants may form more easily than suspected, say astronomers.

    New observations of the exoplanet WASP-107b suggest that existing models of how gas giant planets form may not be qui...

    Astronomy January 21, 2021
  • Focus

    Star Knowledge of First Australians

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

    What comes to mind when you think of an “astronomer”? Perhaps a scientist peering through a telescope, discovering a ...

    Astronomy January 20, 2021
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