A team of astronomers led by the French space agency CNES are heading to Alice Springs next year to use a giant balloon 30 storeys high to lift a 1-tonne telescope 40kms above the Earth
An engaging PULSE@Parkes tour to Guangzhou, China for pulsar observing with high school students.
Here’s a challenge: how would you go about finding something if you didn’t know what it was you were looking for? No, this isn’t an ancient riddle or one of those horrible corporate team building exercises. It’s actually a very real problem being being faced by astronomers using our newest telescope, the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP).
By Emily Lehmann There’s a new star in the making in the world of astronomy, with our Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) named as a finalist in The Australian Innovation Challenge’s Manufacturing, Construction and Infrastructure category*. We recently shared some of the first images produced by the amazing ASKAP telescope. It comprises a cluster
By Lisa Harvey-Smith, CSIRO The first images from Australia’s Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope have given scientists a sneak peek at the potential images to come from the much larger Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope currently being developed. ASKAP comprises a cluster of 36 large radio dishes that work together with a powerful supercomputer
On Mondays, his ground-breaking radio telescope was used to hold up his mother’s washing line. He thought the Big Bang was bunk. And in later years he drove his homemade electric car, called Pixie, around his local village. Who was he? Grote Reber, the world’s first radio astronomer. Reber was born in 1911, in Illinois
Year 7-9 ‘space explorers’ from Melrose High School in the ACT became the first students in Australia to perform ‘real science’ using large antenna dishes in NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN). With the support of their science teacher, Geoff McNamara and CSIRO radio astronomer Dr David Jauncey, the students actually controlled a 34-metre antenna dish
Lurking at the core of most galaxies, supermassive black holes sometimes give themselves away through huge jets of radio emission streaming out vast distances into space. We can’t “see” these using optical telescopes, rather astronomers use radio telescopes to make an image of the region. Now you can help astronomers find more of these jets
Last week, amatuer astronomers reported the sighting of a ‘nova‘ near ‘The Pointers’ (not far from the Southern Cross). Nova Centaurus 2013 first appeared as a magnitude 5 star (visible in dark sky conditions to the naked eye) and has brightened to a reported 3.6 magnitude over the last few days. Astronomer, John Sarkissian working