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It's on: the search for habitable planets around Alpha Centauri

18 November, 2021

A mission to discover new planets potentially capable of sustaining life around Earth's nearest neighbouring star system, Alpha Centauri, has been announced.


Unexpected radio signals detected from distant stars

15 October, 2021

Scientists have discovered stars unexpectedly blasting out radio waves, possibly indicating the existence of hidden planets.


Massive explosion explains star's mysterious metal elements

19 July, 2021

Astronomers have potentially discovered the first evidence of the destruction of a collapsed rapidly spinning star — described as a "magneto-rotational hypernova".


Black holes observed eating neutron stars "like Pac-Man"

02 July, 2021 by Lauren Davis

Scientists have for the first time detected black holes swallowing neutron stars — reminiscent of Pac-Man eating dots.


Aus to lead construction of powerful ground-based telescope

15 June, 2021

An international consortium has agreed to build and operate a ground-based telescope that will produce images sharper than space telescopes operating today.


ESA to build second deep space dish in WA

06 May, 2021

The European Space Agency will collaborate with the Australian Space Agency on the construction of a deep space antenna at New Norcia, 140 km north of Perth.


Aus invests $387m in the world's largest radio telescope

20 April, 2021

The Australian Government is investing $387 million to co-host the world's largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).


X-rays detected from Uranus for the first time

07 April, 2021

Scientists saw a clear detection of X-rays from their first observation, just analysed recently, and a possible flare of X-rays in those obtained 15 years later.


'The Dish' set to support more Moon landings

06 April, 2021

CSIRO has signed a new five-year agreement with aerospace company Intuitive Machines to support multiple lunar missions.


Black hole is even more massive than we thought

26 February, 2021

New observations of the first black hole ever detected have revealed that it is in fact the most massive stellar-mass black hole ever detected without the use of gravitational waves.


Perseverance rover lands safely on Mars

19 February, 2021

NASA's Perseverance rover — the largest, most advanced rover the agency has ever sent to another world — touched down on Mars after a 203-day journey.


Australian lunar exploration mission announced

17 December, 2020

SEVEN SISTERS is a mission to send nanosatellites and exploration sensors to the Moon to search for abundant, accessible water and resources in 2023.


CSIRO telescope surveys the Southern Sky in record time

02 December, 2020

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder has conducted its first survey of the entire Southern Sky, mapping approximately 3 million galaxies in just 300 hours.


QUT joins the search for ancient life on Mars

23 October, 2020 by Lauren Davis

QUT will develop software to crunch the complex geochemical data that will be captured by the Perseverance rover during its mission to search for ancient life on Mars.


Black hole spotted devouring a star

15 October, 2020

A rare blast of light, emitted by a star as it was sucked in by a supermassive black hole, has been spotted by scientists using telescopes from around the world.


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