Australian astronomers are part of a prize-winning team that was the first to pinpoint the location of a fast radio burst. But there is much we still don't know about these mysterious bursts.
The Dish in Parkes is scanning the southern Milky Way, searching for alien signals.
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Today we hear about the Parkes radio telescope's role in the search for alien life. Our guide is the irrepressible John Sarkissian, the scientist who's had his eye on The Dish since childhood.
‘The size, the grandeur, the peacefulness of being in the dark’: what it’s like to study space at Siding Spring Observatory.
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Three hours north-east of Parkes lies a remote astronomical research facility, unpolluted by city lights, where researchers are trying to unlock some of the biggest questions about our Universe.
The Universe is mind-bogglingly large and with the latest technology, the search is only just starting to heat up.
When Neil Armstrong stepped on to the Moon 50 years ago this month, Australians saw the images first. Australia even defied bad weather to bring the historic images to the world.
In mid 1967, PhD student Jocelyn Bell at Cambridge University was helping to build a telescope. She went on to discover a little bit of "scruff" - the first evidence of a pulsar.
Technology is driving a revolution in the way radio astronomers study the universe, and it could lead to new discoveries.
It used to take weeks to find any of these mysterious signals from deep in space but when the new telescope started looking it found one within days. Then another.
Astronomers are making new discoveries about our galaxy thanks to a more detailed map of the Milky Way.
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.