Artificial intelligence bot trained to recognise galaxies

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Researchers have taught an artificial intelligence program used to recognise faces on Facebook to identify galaxies in deep space.

Large-Magellanic-Cloud

Magellanic Clouds duo may have been a trio

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Two of the closest galaxies to the Milky Way – the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds – may have had a third companion, astronomers believe.

Sabrina Davies

UWA's future leaders awarded Westpac scholarships

Monday, 19 February 2018

Two West Australian researchers are among 17 young Australians to be awarded a Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship to undertake postgraduate study at one of Australia’s top universities.

Galaxy image

Astronomer’s map reveals location of mysterious fast-moving gas

Monday, 4 December 2017

An Australian scientist has created the most detailed map ever of clouds of high-velocity gas in the Universe around us.

Perth company trials satellite deployer in Zero-G

Perth company trials satellite deployer in Zero-G

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Picosat Systems and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) at The University of Western Australia have trialled a satellite deployment on a “Zero-G” flight above France.

Kip Thorne

UWA physicists celebrate Nobel Prize for Gravitational Waves

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Two of the US scientists who last week won the Nobel Prize in Physics have visited Western Australia’s Gravity Discovery Centre and one of them, Kip Thorne, even has a tree named after him at the gravitational wave research facility.

Star image

Scientists discover more about the ingredients for star formation

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Astronomers have shed fresh light on the importance of hydrogen atoms in the birth of new stars.

David Blair

Gravitational waves from a binary black hole merger observed by LIGO and Virgo

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

The University of Western Australia is part of an international team that includes the LIGO Scientific Collaboration and the Virgo collaboration that have reported the first joint detection of gravitational waves with both the LIGO and Virgo detectors.

Paul Luckas with his telescope

Backyard astronomy helps explosive discovery

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

In a typical year, there are predicted to be around 50 novae—nuclear explosions on the surface of white dwarf stars—in our galaxy. Only a dozen or so are actually discovered each year, and some of these are so bright and powerful, they exceed the scale of scientific explanation.

Test tubes

UWA finalists announced in Premier's Science Awards

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Ten academics from The University of Western Australia have been announced as finalists in the 2017 Premier’s Science Awards.

David Blair

Gravitational waves detected for third time

Friday, 2 June 2017

An international team of scientists including 21 researchers from The University of Western Australia has detected gravitational waves for the third time in history, following their world-first discovery in September 2015 and second detection in December that year.

Star Cluster

Star clusters discovery could upset the astronomical applecart

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

The discovery of young stars in old star clusters could send scientists back to the drawing board for one of the Universe’s most common objects.

Planet Bernard

Minor planet named Bernard

Friday, 17 February 2017

A minor planet in the Solar System will officially be known as Bernardbowen from today after Australian citizen science project theSkyNet won a competition to name the celestial body.

David Gozzard

A flying classroom and a trip to the South Pole

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Most high school students can expect excursions to the local science centre, zoo or museum, but how about a trip to a continent few will ever get to see?

Galaxy stripping

Galaxy murder mystery

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

It’s the big astrophysical whodunnit. Across the Universe, galaxies are being killed and the question scientists want answered is, what’s killing them?

Dr Danail Obreschkow

Astrophysicist wins 2016 Young Tall Poppy Award

Monday, 31 October 2016

Astrophysicist Dr Danail Obreschkow from The University of Western Australia was today recognised as Western Australia’s brightest emerging scientist at this year’s Young Tall Poppy Science Awards.

Astrophysicists map the Milky Way

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Scientists have created a detailed map of the Milky Way using two of the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescopes in Germany and Australia.

Aperture Spherical Telescope

Australian technology installed on world’s largest single-dish radio telescope

Monday, 26 September 2016

The world’s largest filled single-dish radio telescope was launched yesterday, and relies on a piece of Western Australian innovation.

Anglo-Australian Telescope

Astronomers shed light on different galaxy types

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

In research published today, Australian scientists have taken a critical step towards understanding why different types of galaxies exist throughout the Universe.

Antennas for Square Kilometre Array project

World's biggest telescope meets world's second fastest supercomputer

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

A prototype part of the software system to manage data from the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope has run on the world’s second fastest supercomputer in China.