Colours come, colours go
NASA satellite spots a mystery that’s gone in a flash.
The pops of bright blue and green in this image of the Fireworks galaxy NGC 6946 show the locations of extremely brig...
Big Red Ball gives clues to the sun’s wind
Insight into the largest magnetic field in the solar system.
A three-metre diameter artificial sun has been used to model the massive and spiralling magnetic field that emanates ...
Two FRBs nailed in a week
Australian and US astronomers took different approaches.
In less than a week as June became July, two teams of radio astronomers – one in Australia, the other in the US – ann...
We are stardust. And Big Bang dust.
Neutron star collisions are essential to our origin story.
When, in 2017, the LIGO experiment detected gravitational waves from two neutron stars colliding, it sent electromagn...
Closing in on a fast radio burst
A ‘new killer app’ helped with an important breakthrough.
Astronomers have spent the past dozen years hunting for fast radio bursts (FRBs) – flashes of radio waves that come f...
A black hole, a disc and an equator
Simulations confirm predictions made half a century ago.
In 1975, Nobel Prize-winning physicist John Bardeen and astrophysicist Jacobus Petterson proposed that the inner-most...
Dense, distant and full of dark matter
A galaxy in which nothing has happened for billions of years.
This is a lonely, stunted, ancient galaxy, full to bursting with dark matter. Its name is Markarian 1216, and it for...
Zapping moon dust produces water
Experiment suggests a possible resource for colonisers.
Laboratory researchers have found a way to liberate water from moon dust, a result that may someday be used to supply...
If humanity had to move, could we?
Shifting the planet into a different orbit is possible, in theory.
In the Chinese science fiction film The Wandering Earth, recently released on Netflix, humanity attempts to change th...
Multiple measurements close in on dark energy
New findings about the shape of the universe.
An extensive analysis of four different phenomena within the universe points the way to understanding the nature of d...
Why is the moon where it is?
The moon is slowly moving away from the Earth.
Nearly 50 years since man first walked on the moon, the human race is once more pushing forward with attempts to land...
Buckyballs found in space
Enormous ‘celebrity’ molecule confirmed in interstellar medium.
The upper limit for molecules swirling around in the diffuse bands of material between stars, known as the interstell...