astronomy

  • Tanks for the space memories

    Backyard-style water tanks to detect highest-energy gamma rays in a pioneer southern hemisphere p...

    Every day, the Earth is bombarded by gamma rays travelling all the way from the depths of space. These rays, in the f...

    Astronomy November 4, 2021
  • Video

    Killer asteroids and stargazing

    Ian Connellan speaks to Professor Fred Watson AM, Australia’s astronomer-at-large.

    Fred Watson’s been a fixture of Australian astronomy for decades, perhaps best known for his work promoting and expla...

    Astronomy November 2, 2021
  • New insights into the Moon’s evolution

    The results from China’s Chang’e 5 lunar sample return mission are in.

    The Moon rocks from China’s Chang’e 5 lander have been analysed, adding to the story of the Moon’s thermal and chemic...

    Space Exploration October 19, 2021
  • A planet with an atmosphere that vaporises rock?

    The Division for Planetary Sciences: where all that’s weird and wonderful in our Solar System (an...

    October is planetary science month. That’s when the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences h...

    Astronomy October 15, 2021
  • Planets that can vaporise rock (and other stories)

    The 2021 annual meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences is over, and as always it produced...

    October is planetary science month. That’s when the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences h...

    Astronomy October 15, 2021
  • Explainer: when is an asteroid a comet?

    Asteroids that look like comets might teach us more about how water came to Earth.

    The distinction between asteroids and comets used to be clear-cut. Comets were icy bodies that spent most of their...

    Astronomy October 11, 2021
  • A winter’s tale (in the Kuiper belt)

    As Pluto’s orbit takes it further from the Sun, scientists get an opportunity to study how the dw...

    Winter is coming on Pluto. And it is a winter, scientists say, unlike anything imaginable on Earth, a winter in which...

    Astronomy October 6, 2021
  • New class of exoplanet could put search for ET into hyper-drive

    Until now, the search for extra-terrestrial life has been focused on planets like ours. But the h...

    Astronomers have identified a new class of exoplanet they believe could be a candidate for the search for extra-terre...

    Astrobiology August 26, 2021
  • Balloon-borne telescope to rival Hubble

    High-in-the-sky telescope set to study dark matter from the edge of the atmosphere.

    An international team of astronomers has built a telescope that will be carried to the edge of space by a helium ball...

    Astronomy July 21, 2021
  • Galactic fireworks go off

    New images reveal violent births in stellar nurseries.

    An international team of astronomers has snapped stunning images of "galactic fireworks", capturing stellar nurseries...

    Astrophysics July 16, 2021
  • Earth orbital space: who’s in charge?

    As companies send out thousands of low-orbit satellites to build a global internet, will astronom...

    Tech billionaire Elon Musk has said that his Starlink satellite-based internet will be able to connect anyone, anywhe...

    Astronomy July 16, 2021
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    Collision course on an intergalactic highway Astronomers have created the clearest images ever of a galaxy cluster...

    Astrophysics July 5, 2021
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