A white dward (centre) and its companion pulsar make for an excellent natural gravitational laboratory.
One of Einstein's weirder predictions is that massive, spinning objects exert a drag on space-time itself. Now an orbiting pair of unusual stars has revealed this effect in action.
‘Unknown Pleasures’ as you’ve never seen it before…
When you look at the squiggly lines on Joy Division's famous album cover, you're seeing a record of lightning in outer space.
Top-down artist depiction of a tiny black hole and a pileup of gas and matter swirling toward the center.
The little-known Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer spacecraft was like a Geiger counter for the universe, listening to black holes and zombie stars.
The Vela pulsar makes about 11 complete rotations every second, it also has a glitch.
X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ of Toronto/M.Durant et al; Optical: DSS/Davide De Martin
Pulsars are rapidly rotating neutron stars and some of them are know to have a "glitch", and astronomers have captured one as it hapened.
Studying mysterious neutron stars could uncover the secrets of exotic physics – and a way to navigate the stars.
The 500-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) is the largest single-dish radio telescope in the world.
You can't just buy a radio telescope receiver off the shelf. So CSIRO has been hard at work building receivers for the world's largest telescopes using the very latest technology.
The vast expanse of Western Australia is perfect for radio astronomy.
Pete Wheeler, ICRAR
The Murchison Widefield Array sits in remote Western Australia far from noisy civilisation so it can help us understand the universe by tuning into radio waves from the distant cosmos.
A visualisation of gravitational waves emitted by two orbiting supermassive black holes.
A new study has failed to find evidence of gravitational waves, but that doesn't mean Einstein was wrong about their existence.
Artist’s impression of the Square Kilometre Array at night.
Telescopes have come a long way since the days when they were all about lone astronomers watching the night sky through their upstairs windows. Today teams of astrophysicists build and use much more modern…
An American telescope has detected a white dwarf star with a diamond core that could be the coldest of its kind ever discovered…
Stars shine, for sure, but PSR J1719-1438 is sporting some serious bling.
A planet has been found in our Milky Way galaxy that may be made entirely of diamond. As reported in Science today, an international astronomy team led by Swinburne University’s Matthew Bailes, has discovered…