Move over Dr Who: We can travel the (virtual) universe too

An international team of researchers has generated an entire virtual universe and uploaded it to the “cloud”. They then made it freely available to anyone who wants to explore the cosmos without the pesky laws of physics (and economics) getting in their way. Uchuu (meaning “outer space” in Japanese) is the largest and most realistic … Continue reading Move over Dr Who: We can travel the (virtual) universe too

Young galaxy puts a spin on old models

From an arid and isolated plateau in the Atacama Desert, a radio telescope has spied a baby galaxy in the infant universe – and surprisingly, it’s rotating. Astronomers used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile to peer back to a time when the universe was just seven percent of its current age, aiming … Continue reading Young galaxy puts a spin on old models

In search of the ghosts of dead galaxies

Associate Professor Ivo Labbé is hunting dead galaxies from the dawn of time. These cosmic relics passed their active star-making years and mysteriously ‘died’ more than 12 billion years ago, when they should have had at least another 10 billion years of life. Labbé joined Swinburne’s Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing in 2018 to find … Continue reading In search of the ghosts of dead galaxies