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Coordinating and supporting CSIRO’s space research, industry engagement and outreach activities.

Korean connection makes an 8000-km telescope

Australian and Korean radio telescopes have been linked for the first time, forming a system that acts as a telescope 8000 km across.

Cosmic magnetism summer student

A CSIRO Summer Student has been tackling one of the most challenging problems in astrophysics: the relationship between galaxies and their magnetic fields.

Apollo 11 moon landing: celebrating 40 years

The Apollo 11 moon landing was one giant leap in which CSIRO played a significant role.

The dish and the great beyond (Podcast 13 Apr 2010)

In this vodcast we tune in to the universe with a tour of the famous ‘dish’ at CSIRO’s Parkes Observatory.

Secrets of the 'galactic octopus wrestler' (Podcast 12 Dec 2007)

CSIRO’s Dr Naomi McClure-Griffiths has been dubbed the 'galactic octopus wrestler' after discovering a new spiral arm of the Milky Way and in this video podcast, she describes how it feels to uncover the secrets of the Galaxy. (3:10)

The Dish turns 45 (Podcast 05 Dec 2006)

Dr John Reynolds discusses the Parkes radio telescope and its place in Australia’s history in this seven-minute podcast. (6:41)

Dr Naomi McClure-Griffiths wins Malcolm McIntosh Prize (Podcast 17 Oct 2006)

Dr McClure-Griffiths discusses her research into astrophysics, which has seen her awarded the Malcolm McIntosh Prize, in this five-minute podcast. (5:17)

How 'accidental revolutionaries' won a US$500,000 cosmology prize (Podcast 20 Jul 2007)

Discover how two rival scientific teams completely overthrew conventional astrophysical wisdom. In this six and a half minute podcast, CSIRO’s Dr Brian Boyle explains how the two teams won the prestigious 2007 Gruber Cosmology Prize after proving the expansion of the universe is speeding up. (6:34)

Networks create world telescope in real-time (Podcast 04 Sep 2007)

Dr Tasso Tzioumis from CSIRO’s Australia Telescope National Facility describes how scientists are linking telescopes around the world in real-time. (6:18)

Mysterious energy burst detected at Parkes radio telescope (Podcast 28 Sep 2007)

Dr John Reynolds, astronomer at CSIRO's Parkes Observatory, talks about a huge burst of radio energy detected in the distant universe. (3:40)

Strange star stumps astronomers (Podcast 19 May 2008)

It’s obese and yet speedy...find out why this pulsar has astronomers scratching their heads. In this podcast, Dr David Champion describes the star...and theories on why it’s such astronomical oddball.. (5:13)

CSIRO kicks off the International Year of Astronomy (Podcast 22 Jan 2009)

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009), was officially launched on January 15, 2009, with an almost non-stop, 33-hour worldwide observing marathon led by two of CSIRO’s radio telescopes. (3:26)

Texan students get their hands on 'The Dish' (Podcast 12 Apr 2007)

The hunt for gravitational waves in space continues, with high school students from Texas becoming the first people to operate 'The Dish' remotely. (4:18)

Galaxy reveals its dark heart (Podcast 07 Jul 2009)

CSIRO astronomers have revealed the hidden face of an enormous galaxy called Centaurus A, which emits a radio glow covering an area 200 times bigger than the full Moon. (4:57)

Live from the moon: the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 (Podcast 17 Jul 2009)

In Australia, July 21 2009, marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, so in this special edition podcast we'll revisit CSIRO's involvement in delivering those famous images of Neil Armstrong's 'one small step for (a) man' to the world. (13:26)

Caught in the act – star turned on by companion (Podcast 22 May 2009)

Researchers have witnessed a star being transformed into an object that spins at almost 600 times a second using telescopes in the USA and the Netherlands, and CSIRO’s Parkes telescope in Australia. (6:10)

CSIRO astronomer wins top Tall Poppy prize

CSIRO astronomer Dr George Hobbs has become the 2011 Young Tall Poppy of the Year for NSW.

What is a solar eclipse?

Discover how the Sun, Moon and Earth form one of the most spectacular astronomical events you may ever see, by turning day into night.

Transit of Venus 2004

Watch a video replay (no audio) of a webcast recorded from Canberra, Australia, which shows the transit of Venus across the face of the Sun in June 2004. (14:00)

Tracking spots on the Sun

Follow sunspots travelling across the face of the Sun, using a solar viewer, pencil and paper.

Tracing the path of the Sun

Over the course of a year you can trace at the path of the midday Sun across the sky.

Transits of Mercury and Venus

Discover why the planets Mercury and Venus are the only two planets to transit the Sun, when viewed from the Earth, and why transits of Venus are rare.

Taking pulsars to the people

High-school teacher Stephen Broderick is developing teaching modules that use CSIRO telescope data.

Super-fast chips boost telescope’s power

Recent changes to CSIRO’s Australia Telescope have made one of the world’s most advanced radio telescopes even more powerful. CSIRO has boosted the power of its Australia Telescope through chips made of an advanced semiconductor material, indium phosphide.

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