Artist’s rendition of the Jupiter-like planet and its white dwarf star.
W. M. Keck Observatory/Adam Makarenko
In 5 billion years the Sun will collapse. A new discovery suggest some planets may still survive afterwards.
Hubble took pictures of the oldest galaxies it could – seen here – but the James Webb Space Telescope can go back much farther in time.
The James Webb Space Telescope is set to launch into orbit in December 2021. Its mission is to search for the first light to ever shine in the universe.
Sebastian Zentilomo/University of Sydney
Fluctuating radio waves that appear to come from near the heart of the Milky Way are a new puzzle for astronomers.
A key goal of the Chang'e-5 mission was to find evidence of some of the youngest volcanic eruptions on the Moon.
NASA, ESA and M. Kornmesser
Did we observe the most distant gamma ray burst yet seen, or was it something closer to home?
Ilgari Inyayimaha (Shared Sky), painted by artists Margaret Whitehurst, Jenny Green, Barbara Merritt, Charmaine Green, Kevin Merritt, Sherryl Green, Tracey Green, Wendy Jackamarra, Susan Merry, Johnaya Jones, Gemma Merritt, Craig ‘Chook’ Pickett, and Nerolie Blurton.
A new 3D film follows two children as they discover the astrophysical story of the universe and Yamaji stories of the sky and land. Making it was an extraordinary cross-cultural experience.
An astronomer’s guide to all the colours of the sky.
Astronomers have found a way to estimate the number of stars in the universe.
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Scientists have a good estimate on the staggering number of stars in the universe.
The James Webb Space Telescope is the biggest orbital telescope ever built and is scheduled to be launched into space on Dec. 18, 2021.
The largest orbital telescope ever made will allow astronomers to study the atmospheres of alien planets, learn about how stars form in the Milky Way and peer into the farthest reaches of the universe.
The Earth is round.
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Gravity, mass and centrifugal force all contribute to the final shape of a planet.
Preprints are scientific papers made available before being published in a peer-reviewed journal. The Australian Research Council has banned researchers from citing them in grant applications.
NASA / Tim Pyle
By studying the chemical makeup of binary stars, astronomers found many planetary systems are far less peaceful than ours.
The universe has a finite age — 13.8 billion years to be exact. So if it had a beginning, why is it so difficult to say for sure whether it will have an end?
Jayanne English/EMU/Dark Energy Survey
Australia’s ASKAP radio telescope probes the Universe more deeply than ever before, revealing unseen features of the cosmos.
Excluding, silencing and discouraging so many brilliant minds carries a very heavy cost, not just to the women directly impacted, but to all of humanity.
Event Horizon Telescope project/Nature Astronomy
Astronomers have taken a close-up look at the jets of plasma streaking away from a supermassive black hole - one of the strangest and most energetic features of galaxies.
Mars, Venus and the crescent Moon will all come together in the sky just after sunset on Tuesday.
The worldwide fascination with UFOs started in the late 1940s after a few incidents made the news in the U.S.
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The history of UFOs weaves together public fascination, government secrecy and cultural phenomena. Recent news and shifts in the government’s stance on UFOs are giving new life to the mystery.
The English astronomer and navigator Thomas Harriot died in 1621, leaving behind 8,000 pages of notes containing a trove of unpublished scientific discoveries.
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Machine learning is helping astronomers unravel the vast amounts of data being collected.