A University of Western Australia scientist is part of a global team of astronomers that have captured an image of a super-rare type of galaxy – described as a “cosmic ring of fire” – as it existed 11 billion years ago.
Published today in Nature, an international team of researchers has observed a massive, rotating disk galaxy just 1.5 billion years after the Big Bang—1.5 billion years earlier in cosmic history than astronomers had expected to find such a galaxy based on previous studies. The research has fuelled debate about how galaxies in the early Universe assembled.
More than 30 scientists from The University of Western Australia’s node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) are part of an international team that for the first time may have witnessed the end of a neutron star as it was engulfed by a black hole.
Scientists from The University of Western Australia node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) are in need of volunteers to help with one of the biggest astronomy projects of the next ten years.
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.
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.
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.
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.