Australian-based astronomers to take a deep dive into the cosmos with time awarded on one of ESO’s most powerful instruments

ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), which houses the Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE). Two teams of Australian-based astronomers have recently each been awarded substantial amounts of observing time on this in-demand instrument. Credit: John Colosimo (colosimophotography.com) / ESO. Two teams of astronomers led by The University of Sydney and by…
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Australian-based astronomers to take a deep dive into the cosmos with time awarded on one of ESO’s most powerful instruments

This newly discovered neutron star might light the way for a whole new class of stellar object

The discovery of a neutron star emitting unusual radio signals is rewriting our understanding of these unique star systems. My colleagues and I (the MeerTRAP team) made the discovery when observing the Vela-X 1 region of the Milky Way about 1,300 light years away from Earth, using the MeerKAT radio telescope in…
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This newly discovered neutron star might light the way for a whole new class of stellar object

Event Horizon Telescope set to reveal ‘exciting results’ about the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way

There’s a monster lurking in the heart of our galaxy, and we may get our first glimpses of it tonight. At 11pm AEST, an international team of scientists will reveal what they’re calling a “groundbreaking” discovery from our galactic centre — and you’ll be able to watch it live. This image,…
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Event Horizon Telescope set to reveal ‘exciting results’ about the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way

We’ve used a new technique to discover the brightest radio pulsar outside our own galaxy

When a star explodes and dies in a supernova, it takes on a new life of sorts. Pulsars are the extremely rapidly rotating objects left over after massive stars have exhausted their fuel supply. They are extremely dense, with a mass similar to the Sun crammed into a region the…
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We’ve used a new technique to discover the brightest radio pulsar outside our own galaxy

Worlds next door: looking for habitable planets around Alpha Centauri

Could life survive around the nearest stars? In collaboration with the Breakthrough Initiative, Saber Astronautics and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Professor Peter Tuthill is leading TOLIMAN, a project to discover if the nearest stars have planets that could support life. A simulated view of the Alpha Centauri binary through the…
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Worlds next door: looking for habitable planets around Alpha Centauri

A FLASH combination: ASKAP and MUSE sniff out gas around galaxies

The timescales in which star-forming galaxies deplete their gas is found to be short relative to the age of the Universe. This points to the conclusion that galaxies must have a way to replenish their gas reservoirs and indeed, early cosmological simulations reveal cold gas being channeled along dark matter…
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A FLASH combination: ASKAP and MUSE sniff out gas around galaxies

 

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Australian-based astronomers to take a deep dive into the cosmos with time awarded on one of ESO’s most powerful instruments

ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), which houses the Multi Unit Spectroscopic Explorer (MUSE). Two teams of Australian-based astronomers have recently

This newly discovered neutron star might light the way for a whole new class of stellar object

The discovery of a neutron star emitting unusual radio signals is rewriting our understanding of these unique star systems. My

Event Horizon Telescope set to reveal ‘exciting results’ about the black hole at the centre of the Milky Way

There’s a monster lurking in the heart of our galaxy, and we may get our first glimpses of it tonight.

We’ve used a new technique to discover the brightest radio pulsar outside our own galaxy

When a star explodes and dies in a supernova, it takes on a new life of sorts. Pulsars are the

Worlds next door: looking for habitable planets around Alpha Centauri

Could life survive around the nearest stars? In collaboration with the Breakthrough Initiative, Saber Astronautics and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
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