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UWA bid to host southern sky's first full-scale gravity wave detector

Friday, 21 September 2012

A proposal co-sponsored by France and Italy to plan the Southern Hemisphere's first full-scale gravity wave observatory (GWO) near Gingin (80km north of Perth) will be discussed at a three-day international workshop "Physics for the Future" hosted by The University of Western Australia on September 27-29.

Black hole discoverer to inspire students to aim for stars

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Western Australian school students and teachers will meet black hole discoverer Emeritus Professor Roy Kerr when he visits The University of Western Australia and the Gravity Discovery Centre in Gingin next week.

Protecting space-based assets from orbiting debris

Monday, 12 April 2010

Space junk is becoming such a major problem that if it continues to accumulate at present rates, it will be impossible to launch anything into space in 100 years' time, according to researchers at The University of Western Australia.

TAROT team visits Zadko

Thursday, 8 April 2010

A French research team will pay a special visit the Zadko Telescope in mid-April.

Two members of the Zadko project’s collaborators, TAROT (Télescope à Action Rapide pour les Objets Transitoires – Fast Action Telescope for Transient Objects), will be working closely with the Zadko research team to perform robotic testing of the telescope.

Galaxy M83

Camera captures Galaxy M83

Wednesday, 31 March 2010

A newly repaired Andor camera was put back to work in late March when student Auriol Heary took the first light images with the camera at the back of the Zadko Telescope.

Lass-Bourez joins Zadko

Monday, 29 March 2010

Dr Myrtille Laas-Bourez recently took up her position with the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research and the School of Physics as the chief scientist in charge of the Zadko robotic control system, CCD camera and technical operations of the Zadko Telescope.

Zadko goes robotic

Thursday, 24 September 2009

In September 2009 our French collaborators successfully installed the robotic observatory control system on the Zadko Telescope.

Zadko’s capabilities discussed on the ABC Science Show

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Dr David Coward discusses the capabilities of the Zadko telescope with Robyn Williams on ABC Radio National’s Science Show.

WA's biggest telescope explores uncharted space

Friday, 27 March 2009

Many of Australia's top scientists and some of the next generation of scientists will help launch Western Australia's biggest telescope at The University of Western Australia next Wednesday, April 1, 2009.

The Zadko telescope

Video opens a new window into our violent cosmic past

Thursday, 19 February 2009

A team of UWA astrophysicists has captured one hour of valuable video footage of the aftermath of a massive gamma ray explosion 11 billion years ago – just a few billion years after the Big Bang. In the January 2009 edition of ScienceNetwork WA, Carmelo Amalfi, discusses how this ancient light was detected for the first time on Earth by a one-metre robotic telescope installed just last year at the Gingin gravitational wave observatory, 70 km north of Perth.

11 billion year-old blast from the past captured by UWA Zadko Telescope

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Galileo Galilei, who recorded the first astronomical observations with a telescope 400 years ago, would be impressed. Just in time for the International Year of Astronomy, astronomers at The University of Western Australia have seen a massive gamma ray burst that happened 11 billion years ago - long before our own planet had even been formed.

The Zadko telescope puts WA in the space quest

Thursday, 10 July 2008

After four years in the making and a lengthy trip from America, the Zadko Telescope has finally moved into its permanent observatory dome co-located with the Gravity Discovery Centre in Gingin.