A poor start for meteor showers in 2021 but things get better with a possible spectacular surprise later in the year. Here's your guide on when and where to look to catch nature's fireworks.
Osterhage et al.
We recorded the largest number of bigfin squids ever seen in one area. Before this, this rather elongated creature had only been spotted a dozen times across the globe.
Jaime Bran/Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
This newly discovered ancient monk seal is challenging previous theories about how and where monachine seals evolved. It's the biggest breakthrough in seal evolution research in about 70 years.
Sebuah bola api di langit Atacama Large Millimeter / submillimeter Array, ALMA, di Chile.
ESO/C. Malin, CC BY-SA
Meteor telah dapat dilihat sejak dahulu kala. Meteor terdiri dari potongan puing-puing, biasanya tidak lebih besar dari butiran debu atau pasir, yang terus-menerus menabrak atmosfer bumi. Ketika puing-puing…
Artwork by Peter Trusler
Our new research has more than doubled the known fossil record of seals in Australia.
"I arrived in Perth and bought a foam mattress for the back of my car – my bed for half of the trip. I stocked up on tinned food, and I headed north in search of these tiny eight-legged gems."
Aerial baiting has been Australia's foremost weapon against pest species for the past 74 years. But at what cost?
A composite image of one night watching the Orionids meteor shower.
A big year ahead for some of the meteor showers this year. Here's your 2020 guide on when and where to look to catch nature's fireworks.
The Moon passes in front of the Sun during this eclipse at Lake Bolac, Victoria, April 29, 2014.
On December 26 a solar eclipse will be visible from northern Australia, southern Asia and parts of the Middle East.
A grassland earless dragon at Jerrabomberra, NSW, November 1991. The search is now on for this species’ Victorian cousin.
The Victorian grassland earless dragon may well be the first lizard species driven to extinction on Australia's mainland. But conservationists aren't ready to declare it dead just yet.
The 2018 Geminids meteor shower recorded over two very cold hours on the slope of Mount Lütispitz, Switzerland.
Moonlight will spoil some of the big meteor showers this year, but still plenty of others to see. So here's your guide on when and where to look to catch nature's fireworks.
Cover of the menu for the AIF Christmas Dinner, Hotel Cecil, London, in 1916. Illustration by Fred Leist.
Museums Victoria collection, donated by Jean Bourke
For Australians serving overseas in WWI, Christmas was particularly difficult. Menus reveal how soldiers tried to maintain the traditions of home.
Enjoying the planets lined up in a row.
The five planets visible to the naked eye since ancient times are putting on a dazzling display this month, in a night-sky dance along with the Moon.
The Derwent River Sea Star was only documented for 25 years before its extinction.
Blair Patulo, Museums Victoria
It's quite hard to tell when a sea creature is extinct – there's always hope it will turn up somewhere.
An artist’s impression of the path of star S2 as it passes very close to the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way. The very strong gravitational field causes the colour of the star to shift slightly to the red. (Size and colour exaggerated for clarity.)
Astronomers traced a single star as it passed close to the black hole at the centre of our galaxy, and detected the telltale signature of Einstein’s gravity in action.
Bulan “berdarah” pada 31 Januari 2018. Kesempatan kedua kita untuk melihat gerhana bulan tahun ini akan terjadi pada 28 Juli.
Di Indonesia bagian barat, gerhana bulan dimulai Sabtu dinihari pukul 01.24 WIB dan berakhir pada 05.19 WIB. Terlama sepanjang abad ke-21.
The Blood Moon from January 31, 2018. Our second chance to see an eclipsed Moon this year is coming up on July 28.
All five five planets visible to the naked-eye are on show in the night skies over Australia, and a Blood Moon on the way too.
Time to peer below the swirling clouds of Jupiter.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill
Now's a great time to see Jupiter as it's about to be the closest to Earth for some time. Time too to catch up with the latest on the Juno mission, exploring the largest planet in our Solar System.
Changing colours of the Moon during a total lunar eclipse, Mt Buffalo National Park, June 16, 2011.
There is plenty of excitement about the lunar eclipse this week, but don't believe all you read and hear about this wonderful astronomical event.
The 2017 Geminids as seen from Ecuador, against the backdrop of the splendid Milky Way (centre) and the Large Magellanic Cloud (right).
Your guide to some of the best meteor showers for 2018. Where to look and when in both the northern and southern skies to catch nature's fireworks.