New tool will help black-hole hunters re-examine old data

Astronomers have a new way of detecting active black holes and of measuring how much matter they are sucking in. Scientists say that the new technique can use existing data from telescopes to…


Look to the skies: rare chance to see candidate for Star of Bethlehem?

Right on the solstice, a ‘great conjunction’ of Jupiter and Saturn will occur when the two planets converge shortly after sunset Australia time tonight, Monday 21 December. They will appear almost as one…


A one-way ticket to Keplar-20b

Could we ever get home from a super-Earth? It’s hard enough for huge rockets to provide the energy required to launch into orbit from Earth. But what if the field of gravity was…

ESA - S. Corvaja

Moon landing celebrated by new ISS arrivals

ESA, NAS and Russion astronauts were launched to the International Space Station from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Saturday, with the ESA’s Luca Parmitano alongside NASA astronaut Drew Morgan and Russian Roscosmos…

Super Telescopes

SOLVING THE MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE In the most desolate regions of the globe, astronomers and engineers are building a new generation of super telescopes. The high-tech structures will be spread across several…

Travelling to the past

Scientists gain VIP access to the stars.

The Discovery of a powerful Black Hole Hurricane

Twenty-eight thousand light years away from Earth, towards the centre of the Milky Way, an unexpectedly mighty hurricane blows around a tiny black hole.

Young galaxy cluster found

Astronomers have discovered the most distant example of a galaxy cluster.

Missing link in black hole formation discovered

A new class of black hole could be the key to the formation of supermassive black holes.

Black hole’s history reconstructed for the first time

Astronomers have produced a complete description of Cygnus X-1’s black hole.

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