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.

David Blair gravity waves team

A second gravitational wave starts a symphony from space - and earth is listening

Thursday, 16 June 2016

An international team of scientists including 21 researchers from UWA has made a major breakthrough: a second detection of gravitational waves, following their world-first discovery of gravitational waves last September.

Hydrogen gas cloud

Astronomers smash cosmic records to see hydrogen in distant galaxy

Thursday, 2 June 2016

An international team of scientists has pushed the limits of radio astronomy to detect a faint signal emitted by hydrogen gas in a galaxy more than five billion light years away—almost double the previous record.

UWA PhD student Jiayi Qin and Professor David Blair

New method of detecting gravitational waves will bring them closer

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Scientists at The University of Western Australia have discovered new technology which could mean that instead of being detected a billion light years away, gravitational waves may be identified throughout ‘the observable universe’.

Zadko telescope support team

Zadko telescope and Parkes 'dish' join hunt for mystery radio flashes

Monday, 14 March 2016

The University of Western Australia’s Zadko Telescope and the Parkes Radio Telescope have joined forces in a new mission involving an international team of radio astronomers to hunt for mystery radio bursts in the universe.