Night Sky

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…

Air traffic worldwide

When you look up to the sky remember that at any given time there are between 9,000 and 13,000 aircraft in the air (according to the US Federal Aviation Agency, there are at…

Birth of a planet

Researchers use 3D models to better our understanding of how planets are formed. 

A view from above

In times of Transit

We’re often told that an event or offer is a “˜once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity, something not  to be missed; and usually that’s just hyperbole. But on June 6 we’ll witness an astronomical event that is…

Promise of a new world

The planet lies 22 light-years from Earth and, most importantly, contains the precious liquid known as water.

Total lunar eclipse guide December 2011

Lunar eclipses are safe to watch, and you’ll have the chance to see one on December 10-11, 2011.

What Inflates the Universe? A reflection on the Nobel Prize 2011 for Physics

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2011 honoured revolutionary, completely unexpected observations of the inflation of our Universe.

Planetary embryo discovered

In order to understand how the solar system began, we need to further investigate the ways in which planets are formed. LkCa 15 may hold one of the answers.

What is a red-giant?

Near the end of a star’s life, the temperature in its core rises and causes the star to expand into a red-giant.

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