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Dr Bärbel Koribalski: exploring galaxies and dark matter

Dr Bärbel Koribalski investigates the structure and dynamics of nearby galaxies using radio telescopes tuned to interstellar hydrogen.

Venue hire

The Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre provides venue hire, including catering.

About 'the Dish'

CSIRO's Parkes radio telescope is a 64-m diameter parabolic dish used for radio astronomy

Making a sundial

Construct your own sundial and learn how to tell the time without a watch or clock.

New leader for Australia's astronomy and space science research

CSIRO's astronomy, spacecraft tracking and space science activities will be headed up by a new leader, with the announcement today that Dr Lewis Ball has been appointed as the incoming Chief for CSIRO's Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) division.

CSIRO telescope takes temperature of Universe

Astronomers using a CSIRO radio telescope have taken the Universe's temperature, and have found that it has cooled down just the way the Big Bang theory predicts.

Our Galaxy's "geysers" are towers of power

"Monster" outflows of charged particles from the centre of our Galaxy, stretching more than halfway across the sky, have been detected and mapped with CSIRO's 64-m Parkes radio telescope.

School holiday fun at the Dish

The Parkes radio telescope is running a series of free activities throughout January.

CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science locations

CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science operates seven offices and observatories across Australia.

Parkes, NSW (Parkes radio telescope)

Star of the film ‘The Dish’, the Parkes radio telescope has been at the forefront of astronomy for over forty years. It has discovered more than two-thirds of the 1,700 known pulsars.

October 2012: Pushing the right buttons (Podcast 08 Nov 2012)

A ceremony in Western Australia saw the launching of the $160 million Australian SKA Pathfinder telescope, while in Canberra nineteen awards were presented at the annual CSIRO Awards.

Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP)

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder telescope, ASKAP, is a next-generation radio telescope being developed by CSIRO.

Australia is "all ears" for Mars landing

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory will land on Mars on Monday 6 August (AEST). The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, which CSIRO manages on behalf of NASA, will be the main tracking station for the landing. CSIRO's Parkes telescope ("The Dish") will also be receiving signals, as a backup.

'The Dish' finds a 'diamond planet'

Astronomers using 'The Dish' – CSIRO's radio telescope near Parkes, NSW – believe they've found a small planet made of diamond, orbiting an unusual star.

Belching black hole proves a biggie

Observations with CSIRO's Australia Telescope Compact Array have confirmed that astronomers have found the first known "middleweight" black hole.

Signal processing: turning ‘space whispers’ into information

Faster, wider, more often … CSIRO engineers push for Olympic excellence in the signal-processing systems they build for astronomy. CSIRO’s Astronomy and Space Science Division can design and build high-speed signal-processing systems, both digital and analogue, for radio telescopes.

CSIRO and the Square Kilometre Array

CSIRO is engaged in a number of national and international partnerships with industry, science organisations and governments to support Australia's involvement in the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope.

Dr Warwick Wilson: advancing technology for radio astronomy

Dr Warwick Wilson has achieved international recognition for his outstanding contributions to the technology for radio astronomy.

Dr John O'Sullivan: working on a next generation radio telescope

Dr John O'Sullivan is a research scientist with CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science developing novel receiver technologies for radio astronomy.

Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith: cosmic magnetism and the Square Kilometre Array

Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith is using cutting-edge radio receivers mounted on telescopes to measure magnetic fields in the distant universe.

Sydney: Marsfield, NSW (Radiophysics Laboratory)

On CSIRO’s Marsfield site are the headquarters of the CSIRO ICT Centre and CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (formerly the Australia Telescope National Facility, ATNF).

International collaboration in information and space sciences

CSIRO works with industry leaders around the world to improve productivity and service delivery through innovative use of mathematics, statistics and information and communication technologies (ICT). CSIRO also provides technology and services for radio astronomy, spacecraft tracking and space science.

ASKAP Pathfinder

CSIRO is building the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope and contributing to the international development of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope.

There's more star-stuff out there but it's not Dark Matter

More atomic hydrogen gas - the ultimate fuel for stars - is lurking in today's Universe than we thought.

Dual SKA site welcomed by CSIRO

The A$2.5 billion Square Kilometre Array radio telescope will be deployed in Australia-New Zealand, as well as South Africa, the international SKA Organisation in Manchester, UK, announced yesterday.

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