• Explainer

    Explainer: The chemistry of Titan

    Atomic-force microscopy allows new understanding of Saturn’s moon.

    New research from the Astrophysical Journal has identified some of the intricate molecules and reactions happening on...

    Chemistry February 13, 2021
  • Conversation

    New probes on Mars

    Here’s what we know so far from trips to the red planet.

    By Tanya Hill, Museums Victoria Three new spacecraft are due to arrive at Mars this month, ending their seven-mont...

    Space Exploration February 11, 2021
  • Conversation

    Missing matter

    5 twinkling galaxies help astronomers uncover baryonic mystery.

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

    Astronomy February 8, 2021
  • Moon work

    Humans’ looming return to the lunar surface has set scientists thinking.

    With NASA gearing up for a possible return to the Moon as soon as 2024 (and other countries not far behind), scientis...

    Space Exploration February 8, 2021
  • Baby galaxies born big

    Faint, distant fossil galaxy has massive dark-matter halo.

    The first galaxies in the universe were likely more massive than previously thought, according to new research from M...

    Astrophysics February 2, 2021
  • Asteroid reward

    Is this most valuable five grams on the planet?

    There’s nothing quite as pleasurable as exceeding expectations. Japanese scientists have peeked inside the sample cap...

    Space Exploration January 31, 2021
  • Swinburne aims high

    Australian university joins space race with new technology and industry institute.

    Specialists at Melbourne’s Swinburne University of Technology are already working on an interplanetary refuelling sta...

    Space Exploration January 29, 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
  • To orbit… and beyond?

    South Australia to be first Australian state to send a satellite into space.

    South Australian Premier Steven Marshall today announced a $6.5 million partnership with the growing South Australian...

    Space January 20, 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
  • AAS #237: five things we learned

    Here are the key take-outs from the 237th meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

    Each January, the American Astronomical Society (AAS) conducts a meeting widely hailed as the “Superbowl of astronomy...

    Astronomy January 18, 2021
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    Stray science stories from last week to cheer up your Monday.

    Big, BIG night sky map An international research collaboration has just released a map of more than 690 million ce...

    Astrophysics January 18, 2021
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