By Nola Wilkinson Ever wondered what there is between the stars? Dr Naomi McClure-Griffiths not only wonders about it, she’s on a mission to find out. Naomi is fascinated with the life of stars, the behaviour of interstellar gas, and how gas and stars interact. “As an astronomer, I’d like to understand how the
When you think of a swan you might imagine a graceful bird with a long, curved neck gently gliding across still water. Or perhaps Hans Christian Andersen’s story The Ugly Duckling comes to mind? But probably not swans in space. While it might not be official, 2014 is shaping up as the Universal Year of
How did you spend your summer holiday? The students that took part in astronomy projects with us for the CSIRO summer vacation program during the last few months have been busy puzzling over pulsars, monitoring the sky for RFI, working on technology for our newest telescope, ASKAP, and thinking about the biggest stars in our
You might remember the operational launch of the new supercomputer at the iVEC Pawsey Centre in Perth a few months ago. A significant portion of the supercomputer’s power will be dedicated to processing radio-astronomy data from major facilities, including our new ASKAP telescope. Just last week, the real time computer inside the iVEC Pawsey Centre, known
Where does our Galaxy get the fuel to keep forming stars? The answer may lie in thousands of gas clouds flying around the outskirts of our Galaxy.
By Vikram Ravi, University of Melbourne and Ryan Shannon, Astronomy and Space Science, CSIRO Galaxies may look pretty and delicate, with their swirls of stars of many colours – but don’t be fooled. At the heart of every galaxy lies a supermassive black hole, including in our own Milky Way. Black holes in some nearby