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The supernova

Astronomers dissect the aftermath of a supernova

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

In research published today in the Astrophysical Journal, an Australian-led team of astronomers has used radio telescopes in Australia and Chile to see inside the remains of a supernova.

Supercomputer simulation of a galaxy with invisible dark matter halo

Dark matter half what we thought, say scientists

Friday, 10 October 2014

A new measurement of dark matter in the Milky Way has revealed there is half as much of the mysterious substance as previously thought.

Dr Aaron Robotham   -  (Credit: Dr Joe Liske)

Monster galaxies gain weight by eating smaller neighbours

Friday, 19 September 2014

Massive galaxies in the Universe have stopped making their own stars and are instead snacking on nearby galaxies, according to research by Australian scientists.

Southern Cross

Kimberley students shoot for the stars

Friday, 22 August 2014

The University of Western Australia will visit the Kimberley town of Derby next week to work with teachers, schools and communities to promote awareness of study opportunities at university.

Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Stanford Univ/N.Werner et al; Optical: DSS)

Carbon monoxide predicts ‘red and dead’ future of gas guzzler galaxy

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Astronomers have studied the carbon monoxide in a galaxy over 12 billion light years from Earth and discovered that it's running out of gas, quite literally, and headed for a ‘red and dead' future.

Better fun than being on holiday for Indigenous kids keen on science

Thursday, 3 July 2014

School holidays? What school holidays?

Fifty Indigenous students in Years 9 and 10 will be having a different kind of fun when school breaks up at the end of the week - including learning about designing a world championship-winning racing car, launching rockets, extracting DNA from strawberries, experimenting with liquid nitrogen, making moulds of teeth and challenging their sporting abilities.

SKA telescope

Funding boost for world's largest radio telescope

Thursday, 13 March 2014

The University of Western Australia today welcomed news that the United Kingdom Government will invest more than £100million ($185million) in the construction phase of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

Black Hole (image supplied by NASA)

Australian scientists to ‘listen’ to the formation of black holes

Friday, 17 January 2014

Physicists from around the country have launched a nation-wide project that expands Australian participation in US and European gravitational wave research - and the ability to ‘listen' to the formation of black holes

Artist impression of the SKA, by Swinburne Astronomy Productions

Work towards largest telescope awarded

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

The international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) office awarded contracts to prepare for the world's largest radio telescope yesterday, marking the start of the return on Australia and WA's investment in the ambitious Square Kilometre Array.

Professor Peter Quinn

Top UWA astronomer honoured by election to technology academy

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Professor Peter Quinn, ICRAR Director and Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at The University of Western Australia is among 25 Australian researchers, technological scientists, engineering, innovation and business leaders elected today as new Fellows of the prestigious Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).

Premier Barnett announces $26m funding, with Peter Quinn (left)

WA Government invests $26M in Astronomy and the Square Kilometre Array

Friday, 16 August 2013

The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), based in Perth, Western Australia has been extended for another five years thanks to a $26M investment announced by WA Premier Colin Barnett today. The $26M from the Western Australian State Government will allow ICRAR's local activities in science and with industry to continue, but will also expand the high tech and scientific capabilities of the State.

Murchison Widefield Array Antennas

Pawsey powerhouse supercomputer crunches pre-SKA data torrent

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

High-performance computing specialists from Perth's International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) today became the first users of one of Australia's leading supercomputing facilities - the Pawsey Centre - ahead of its official opening later this year.

Jacinta Delhaize with Parkes Radio Telescope. Photo: Anita Redfern Photography

Stacking up a clearer picture of the Universe

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Researchers from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) have proven a new technique that will provide a clearer picture of the Universe's history and be used with the next generation of radio telescopes such as the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

Supernova 1987A and radio emissions. Credit: ICRAR & Hubble

Giant death star continues to reveal secrets

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

A team of astronomers led by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) has succeeded in observing the death throes of a giant star in unprecedented detail.

Mt Magnet 'Astrofest'

Starshow gives Mid West schools a sparkle

Thursday, 28 March 2013

If anyone had asked students from the Mid West what they did at school recently, they would have got an astonishing answer: weighing a galaxy.

An ICRAR telescope explores the night sky at Laverton.  Photo Natasha Moore

Midwest schools and communities get starstruck

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

WA's Midwest communities are in for a celestial treat as scientists and science communicators hit the road this month, bringing with them astronomy for all ages.

Professor Peter Quinn

UWA tops WA science awards

Friday, 12 October 2012

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have again scooped the State’s annual Science Awards with world-renowned astrophysicist Professor Peter Quinn leading the accolades as the 2012 Scientist of the Year.

The two 'exact matches' to the Milky Way system found in the survey

The Milky Way now has a twin (or two)

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Research presented today at the International Astronomical Union General Assembly in Beijing has found the first group of galaxies that is just like ours, a rare sight in the local Universe.

UWA finalists dominate WA Science Awards

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

The final round of judging for the state's annual WA Science Awards will again be dominated by researchers and projects from The University of Western Australia.

Senator Chris Evans and Professor  Robyn Owens

New supercomputer bolsters world's biggest radio telescope

Friday, 3 August 2012

Federal Minister for Science and Research Chris Evans today launched a powerful new supercomputer at The University of Western Australia - 50 years after UWA acquired its first computer, an IBM 1620, which was also WA's first digital computer.