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CSIRO telescope spots mega-star cradle

Using a CSIRO radio telescope, an international team of researchers has caught an enormous cloud of cosmic gas and dust in the process of collapsing in on itself – a discovery which could help solve one of astronomy’s enduring conundrums: ‘How do massive stars form?’

Award boosts Australian SKA effort

CSIRO has been awarded three of the Australian Research Council’s new Super Science Fellowships, worth a total of $835,000 over three years, to develop technology for the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope.

Honey, I shrunk the receiver

CSIRO and Australian company Sapphicon Semiconductor Pty Ltd have signed an agreement to jointly develop a complete radio receiver on a chip measuring just 5 mm x 5 mm that could eventually be used in mobile phones and other communications technologies.

First signal received by future telescope

An historic milestone was reached recently in Australia's bid to host the Square Kilometre Array telescope – a future international radio telescope that will be the world's largest and most sensitive.

New leader of CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science division

Following an extensive search and selection process, a senior researcher and university executive, Dr Philip Diamond, has been appointed Chief of CSIRO’s Astronomy and Space Science Division.

CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science formed

A new Division, CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS), has been formed today bringing together CSIRO's radio astronomy capabilities (the Australia Telescope National Facility), NASA Operations (including the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex), CSIRO Space Sciences and Technology; and the CSIRO Boeing Advisor.

Nation’s top awards to CSIRO scientists

Two CSIRO scientists have been honoured at Australia’s premier science awards – the Prime Minister's Prizes for Science.

CSIRO sets science path for new telescope

CSIRO has chosen the major science projects that its Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope will tackle in its first five years.

Star-birth myth 'busted'

An international team of researchers has debunked one of astronomy’s long held beliefs about how stars are formed, using a set of galaxies found with CSIRO's Parkes radio telescope.

Students to tweet telescope takeover

Students from three Melbourne high schools will take control of CSIRO’s famous Parkes telescope in NSW using the internet today (Wednesday August 12) and post their results on Twitter.

CSIRO astronomers reveal a ‘blue whale of space’

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.

Astronomers catch a star being revved-up

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.

Funds for the stars of radio astronomy

Australia’s position as a world leader in radio astronomy has been strengthened with the announcement in the Federal Budget of $80million of funds for the Australian National Centre for SKA (Square Kilometre Array) Science in Perth

Telescope upgrade turns data stream into a torrent

A major upgrade of CSIRO’s radio telescope near Narrabri in NSW, which will turn the instrument’s data stream into a torrent, is almost completed.

CSIRO telescopes lead observing marathon

CSIRO radio telescopes today initiated an almost non-stop, 33-hour worldwide observing marathon as part of the official start to the International Year of Astronomy.

“Astronomy without borders” on show in China

Working from China, CSIRO astronomers have remotely controlled telescopes in three countries and streamed their data to CSIRO’s Parkes Observatory in New South Wales for processing in real time.

Strange star stumps astronomers

An obese oddball of a star has left astronomers wondering how it could have formed.

CSIRO astronomers to join “private data highway” across USA

CSIRO’s Australia Telescope National Facility has been awarded a “private data highway” - a 10 gigabit per second link - across the US by a major internet consortium and a US communications company.

Australia and Germany strengthen technical links for SKA

CSIRO and its counterpart in Germany, the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, have signed an agreement that will strengthen their cooperation over plans for the international Square Kilometre Array telescope.

Gas ‘finger’ points to galaxies’ future

Like a fork piercing a fried egg, a giant finger of hydrogen gas is poking through our Milky Way Galaxy from outside, astronomers using CSIRO radio telescopes at Parkes and Narrabri have found.

Students use “The Dish” to ‘listen’ to pulsars

A CSIRO project designed to give students the chance to use “The Dish” Radio Telescope at Parkes to listen and learn about pulsars, was launched today in Canberra by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr.

‘World’s fastest wireless’ team wins top CSIRO award

The team of scientists who developed the world’s fastest, most spectrally-efficient wireless communications link has been awarded the highest accolade CSIRO can bestow on its scientists – the 2007 CSIRO Chairman’s Medal.

Mysterious energy burst stuns astronomers

In a shock finding, astronomers using CSIRO’s Parkes telescope have detected a huge burst of radio energy from the distant universe that could open up a new field in astrophysics.

Networks create “instant world telescope”

For the first time, a CSIRO radio telescope has been linked to others in China and Europe in real-time, demonstrating the power of high-speed global networks and effectively creating a telescope almost as big as the Earth.

CSIRO astronomer awarded L’Oréal fellowship

Dr Ilana Feain of CSIRO’s Australia Telescope National Facility was one of four early-career scientists awarded a L’Oréal Australia For Women in Science Fellowship at a ceremony in Melbourne today [at 6 pm AEST].

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