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Join the search for exploding stars

17 May, 2017

The Australian National University (ANU) is inviting citizen scientists with an interest in astronomy to join a search for exploding stars called supernovae.

Conquering epilepsy with computer science

24 April, 2017 by Vijay Iyer, MathWorks

Around 25,000 Australians are diagnosed with epilepsy each year.

Wrong way, turn back: oddball asteroid 'playing chicken' with Jupiter

03 April, 2017 by Lauren Davis

Asteroid 2015 BZ509 is the only asteroid in the solar system known to have a clockwise, retrograde orbit around the Sun while at the same time sharing a planet's orbital space.

Plan(et) 9 from outer space

28 March, 2017

The Australian National University (ANU) is launching a search for a new planet in our solar system, and you're invited to help make this historic discovery.

Telescope captures the birth of a black hole

02 March, 2017

UWA's Zadko Telescope has captured the explosion that gave birth to a black hole 12 billion light years away, which took place before the Earth and Sun existed.

The crystals that power Earth's magnetic field

24 February, 2017

Japanese researchers have been investigating the source of energy driving the Earth's magnetic field, hidden deep within its core.

In the red corner: the world's first middleweight black hole

14 February, 2017

Astronomers have announced evidence for the existence of a 'middleweight' black hole — otherwise known as the missing link between relatively small, stellar-mass black holes and the supermassive black holes that lie at the centre of some galaxies.

What's killing our galaxies?

08 February, 2017

Across the universe, galaxies are being killed, and scientists want to know whodunnit.

The ancient star that faked its age

02 February, 2017

German scientists have been investigating the true age of 49 Lib, a relatively bright star in the southern sky, which was until recently believed to be 2.3 billion years old.

Quantum object created in space

27 January, 2017

German researchers have successfully created a cloud of ultracold atoms in space — and begun testing a theory of Albert Einstein's in the process.

One giant leap (second) for 2016

11 January, 2017

If you can't shake the feeling that 2016 went on for longer than a typical calendar year, you're not actually far from the truth.

Giant galaxies may grow from cold gas

02 December, 2016

Giant galaxies may grow from cold gas that condenses as stars, contradicting the theory that they are formed by smaller galaxies falling together in a hot, violent merger.

Mapping the Milky Way

21 October, 2016

Australian and German scientists have used the world's largest steerable radio telescopes to create the most detailed map yet of the Milky Way.

World's largest radio telescope completed

26 September, 2016

The Chinese Academy of Sciences has completed construction on the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) — the world's largest radio telescope.

The mystery of the dimming galaxy and the starving black hole

16 September, 2016

An international team of astronomers has discovered the secret behind a change in the behaviour of a supermassive black hole at the centre of a distant galaxy.

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