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An occultation occurs when one astronomical body passes on front of another. Late on the evening of 25 April, the Moon will take around an hour to pass in front of Saturn.

Published in Space
Monday, 17 September 2018 14:44

The Solar System is putting on a show

The four brightest planets can all be easily seen during the next few weeks.

Published in Space
Friday, 06 April 2012 12:08

Planets put on a show in the evening sky


As soon as the sun goes down, four planets are putting on a show for all to see.

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While still having no idea why, Astronomers have confirmed that the Universe's expansion rate is ever-increasing.

Published in Space
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 01:52

Thoughts on the recent Oslo meteorite discovery

Basically, the tale is garbage!  It's a nice rock, but it certainly doesn't appear to be a meteorite.

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Wednesday, 13 July 2011 11:55

Swinburne models cloud computing costs

Researchers at Melbourne's Swinburne University of Technology have been examining the tradeoff between processing and storage costs in cloud environments.

In a final show-down with South Africa, Australia's bid for the SKA continues to receive Federal Government support via this evening's budget.

Published in Government Tech Policy
Tuesday, 14 December 2010 22:45

Australia: so, where are those pesky Geminids?

We hear so much about the wonder of the Geminid meteors, but how do we see them in Australia?

Published in Space
Wednesday, 01 September 2010 12:52

Canon claims CMOS image sensor record

Canon has developed the world's largest CMOS image sensor - a huge 202 by 205mm chip.

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Once every 27 years astronomers see a mysterious object passing in front of the star epsilon Aurigae. Based on new images taken in January 2010 when the star was fully eclipsed by this mysterious object, astronomers now think the object is another star with a dusty disk around it.


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Tuesday, 16 February 2010 01:35

You can help map the Milky Way galaxy

Thousands of volunteers with home computers from around the world are using Milkyway@Home to help create a three-dimensional model of the Milky Way galaxy. Would you like to join?

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Astronomers have shown keen interest in an object that will fly past Earth on Wednesday, January 13, 2010. What has peaked their interest are the facts that it has an orbit of exactly one year and astronomers are not really sure what it is.

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U.S. astronomers have announced that they have made the first definitive measurement of dark matter. They describe the shape indirectly observed as similar to a "squashed … cosmic beach ball."

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The annual Quadrantid meteor shower is expected to peak on January 3, 2010, with favorable viewing skies over Eastern Europe and Asia. Many of the meteors within the Quadrantids will appear bluish in color.

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Five Earth-like planets (and maybe two additional ones) orbiting Sun-like stars have been discovered (and announced in and around December 14, 2009) by an international team of astronomers lead by an Australian and American. Such discoveries add to the eventual hope (and maybe even expectation) that scientists will discover life on one of them.

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Sunday, 13 December 2009 21:45

Big Dipper adds to its population of stars

The seven main stars of the Big Dipper actually consisted of ten stars and, now, based on new astronomical observations by U.S. astronomers, a eleventh star has been found near Alcor, at the bend of the ladle’s handle.

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The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) project has succeeded in contracting for land in Western Australia (WA) following its meetings with the Wajarri Yamatji people. It is an important step in being able to construct the telescope array by 2012.

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Wednesday, 21 October 2009 19:17

Need to study a black hole? Do it here on Earth!

Japanese researchers have successfully created conditions that exist just outside a black hole—at the accretion disk. With this pioneering method, astronomers will be able to learn more about the physics of black holes.

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European astronomers have announced that 32 exoplanets have just been discovered using instruments at the European Southern Observatory, taking the number of planets orbiting around stars other than the Sun to over 400.

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Wednesday, 14 October 2009 18:59

When galaxies collide: bright, bizarre NGC 2623

The Hubble Space Telescope has just revealed a gigantic collision of two spiral galaxies about 250 million light-years away from our own Milky Way galaxy. Check out the images of the resulting "bright and bizarre" galaxy that astronomers are calling NGC 2623.

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