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  • Star-making motion

    International team produces the world’s highest-resolution simulation of astrophysical turbulence.

    Quantum physicist Richard Feynman once called turbulence “the most important unsolved problem of classical physics”. ...

    Astrophysics January 12, 2021
  • It’s blue, but it’s not actually a ring

    Scientists solve a 16-year-old cosmic mystery.

    The so-called Blue Ring Nebula, which has perplexed astronomers for a decade and a half, appears to be the youngest k...

    Astronomy November 19, 2020
  • Rethinking the Milky Way’s evolution

    Telescopes combine to reveal orbits of ancient stars.

    An investigation into the odd orbits of the galaxy’s oldest stars may prompt astronomers to rethink how the Milky Way...

    Astronomy November 18, 2020
  • Astronomers detect rare kilonova explosion

    They’re fast, furious, unusual and truly impressive.

    Astronomers studying short-lived gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) have detected a rare kilonova explosion in which two neutron...

    Astronomy November 13, 2020
  • Playing detective on a galactic scale

    Huge new dataset will solve Milky Way mysteries.

    An Australian-led team of “galactic archaeologists” has just released the largest set of stellar chemical data ever c...

    Astronomy November 6, 2020
  • Elements of surprise in new star study

    Carbon discovery has implications across astrophysics.

    Stars churn out carbon much faster than previously thought, according to new measurements by Australian and Norwegian...

    Astrophysics October 10, 2020
  • Focus

    Shedding new light on star formation

    The missing ingredients were heavy metals.

    Australian astronomers have developed a new model to study the birth of stars, spanning cosmic time from the beginnin...

    Astronomy October 7, 2020
  • A planet-forming disc torn apart

    Two studies reveal misaligned rings around triple-star system.

    Astronomers say they have identified the first direct evidence that groups of stars can tear apart their planet-formi...

    Astrophysics September 4, 2020
  • SpaceWatch: News of gas and asteroids

    Things that are fast, close, active and dense.

    Magnetised “rivers" feed star birthStars form when clouds of gas and dust collapse under gravity, but how does th...

    Astronomy August 21, 2020
  • Brown dwarfs that are doubly cool

    Discoveries help bridge an important knowledge gap.

    Astronomers and citizen scientists have together discovered 95 of the coolest known brown dwarfs – objects more massi...

    Astronomy August 20, 2020
  • A strange and ancient globular cluster

    Scientists find remnants of the ‘last of its kind’.

    Astronomers have discovered a “shredded globular cluster” – the remnants of a collection of stars torn apart by the M...

    Astronomy July 30, 2020
  • New views on the origins of carbon

    White dwarfs found to have more mass than expected.

    Every carbon atom in the Universe was created by stars, through the fusion of three helium nuclei, but which types of...

    Astrophysics July 8, 2020
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