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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.


Australia set to co-host the world's largest telescope

02 October, 2020

Western Australia will host the Square Kilometre Array's 130,000 antennas, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity for Australia.


Mysterious object found in black hole collision

30 June, 2020

The LIGO and Virgo observatories have detected gravitational waves caused by the collision of a black hole, accompanied by a mysterious astrophysical object.


Pulsar observed 'powering up'

03 June, 2020

Astronomers have observed the full process of material spiralling into a distant neutron star, triggering an X-ray outburst thousands of times brighter than our Sun.


Galaxies grow by 'eating' their smaller neighbours

29 April, 2020

Exactly how massive galaxies attain their size is poorly understood, but now a combination of observation and modelling has provided a vital clue.


Newly discovered star pulsates on just one side

13 March, 2020

A star that pulsates on just one side has been discovered in the Milky Way — and while such stars have been predicted in theory, this is the first of its kind to be recorded.


New estimate for the age of the Milky Way

13 December, 2019

Starquakes recorded by NASA's now-defunct Kepler space telescope have helped answer a longstanding question about the age of the 'thick disc' of the Milky Way.


Black holes can be much bigger than previously thought

04 December, 2019

Researchers were excited by the discovery of a stellar black hole with a mass 70 times that of the Sun, located 15,000 light years from Earth.


Under pressure: a new dimension for the periodic table

06 September, 2019

It is now possible for materials researchers to make quick predictions about how certain elements will behave at different pressures.


'Anaemic' star carries link to ancient ancestor

09 August, 2019

A newly discovered ancient star, containing what is said to be a record-low amount of iron, carries evidence of a class of even older stars.


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