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
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.
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].
World leading telescope pathway to the galaxy and beyond
Funding of $A51.7 million over four years for an innovative Australian SKA Pathfinder radio telescope will assist Australia maintain its world-class standing in astronomy in the lead up to the awarding of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, the CSIRO Chief Executive, Dr Geoff Garrett, said today.
Broadband networks transform radio astronomy
Astronomers from CSIRO, the Swinburne University of Technology (SUT) and the University of Tasmania have made the first broadband hook-up between Australian radio telescopes, completing in just hours an experiment that would previously have taken weeks.
Parkes gears up for another 45 years
CSIRO’s Parkes telescope, which turned 45 in October, is getting a new lease on life this week with the replacement of some of its drive gears.
CSIRO astronomer wins Malcolm McIntosh Prize
CSIRO astronomer Dr Naomi McClure-Griffiths has been awarded the 2006 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year for research that has re-shaped our knowledge of our own Galaxy.
General relativity survives gruelling pulsar test
Astronomers have used a pair of pulsars orbiting each other, found with CSIRO’s Parkes telescope in 2003, to show that Einstein’s theory of general relativity is correct to within 0.05% – the most stringent limit to date.
Parkes finds unexpected ‘heartbeats’ in star
Astronomers using CSIRO's Parkes telescope in eastern Australia have detected radio 'heartbeats' from a star that was not expected to have them. A US-Australian research team found that a 'magnetar' – a kind of star with the strongest magnetic fields known in the Universe – is giving off extraordinary radio pulses, which links this rare type of star with the much more common 'radio pulsars'.