Space

  • NASA’s going back to Venus

    Two new missions to our sister planet will launch within a decade.

    NASA is on a mission (two missions, actually) to discover what turned Earth’s “sister planet”, Venus, into the hellis...

    News June 3, 2021
  • A telescope with sharper eyes than Hubble?

    Australian-led adaptive optics project signs agreement with the European Southern Observatory.

    An Australian-led astronomy project has just received the green light to create the most powerful ground-based telesc...

    Astronomy June 2, 2021
  • ISS struck by space junk

    International Space Station’s robotic arm punctured by mystery object.

    Space can be an unforgiving environment, even for a spacecraft. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) has just reported tha...

    News June 2, 2021
  • Snapshot

    Just a little perseverance

    Much of what NASA’s achieving through the Mars 2020 mission will likely inform future exploration...

    By Tory Shepherd. Master and apprentice, the Mars rover Perseverance took this April 6 selfie with Ingenuity after...

    Image of the Day June 1, 2021
  • This week on Mars

    Clouds, wobbles and first drives!

    In March, Curiosity sent back 21 individual images that show some very high-altitude clouds. The NASA team has sti...

    News May 31, 2021
  • Snapshot

    Venus: First Peoples recognising the Morning and Evening Star

    Australia’s First Peoples’ detailed understanding of the planets and their complex motions. Disco...

    By Kirsten Banks and Duane Hamacher. Venus is the brightest planet and third brightest object in the sky after the...

    Astronomy May 31, 2021
  • Largest-ever map of dark matter

    Astronomers release the most precise look at the universe’s evolution.

    The Dark Energy Survey collaboration has just released 30 new papers from the first three years of their observing ru...

    Astrophysics May 28, 2021
  • Building a radio telescope on the dark side of the Moon

    It sounds like sci-fi, but a robotics team is planning how rock-climbing robots can build a radio...

    In the not-too-distant future, a spacecraft touches down on the rim of a massive crater on the far side of the Moon. ...

    Space May 28, 2021
  • Magazine

    Lunar traditions of the First Australians

    The Moon’s movement and light informs knowledge of the land and harvest across the continent.

    In Nuenonne traditions of Bruny Island, Tasmania, the Sun is a man named Punywin and the Moon is his wife, Venna. In ...

    Astronomy May 26, 2021
  • Super blood moon madness

    How to view Wednesday’s total lunar eclipse– and understand what causes it.

    On the night of Wednesday, May 26, a cosmic treat will appear in our skies – a super blood moon. So how do you see it...

    Astronomy May 25, 2021
  • Our galaxy probably isn’t that special

    Astronomers look to another galaxy to solve a mystery close to home.

    Is the Milky Way galaxy typical or special? Australian astronomers have tackled this question by taking a detailed cr...

    Astronomy May 25, 2021
  • Solar Orbiter captures coronal mass ejection

    The dramatic space weather has been captured on tape.

    The Solar Orbiter has captured its first coronal mass ejection (CME) from the Sun, as Australia’s Bureau of Meteorolo...

    Astronomy May 24, 2021
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