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Studying cosmic objects

CSIRO astronomers, using the Australia Telescope, have the skills to observe and understand cosmic objects ranging from forming stars to distant galaxies. CSIRO astronomers have the skills to study objects ranging from individual stars to the distant Universe.

Splitting light

Discover how to split white light into a rainbow of colours.

Build a solar viewer

Discover how you can build a solar viewer that will allow you to safely view an image of the Sun.

Searching for new galaxies

An Australian-led team of astronomers has found faint galaxies previously hidden behind the dust and gas of our own Galaxy. The HI Parkes All-Sky Survey (HIPASS) project gave us the first ever view of the Local Universe unobscured by galactic foreground stars and dust and mapped out the whole sky out to distances of about 150 megaparsecs.

Searching for gravity waves

The Parkes Pulsar Timing Array project may give the first direct detection of gravity waves from space. Australian researchers are working with international colleagues to detect gravity waves from space using pulsar timing observations at the Parkes radio telescope.

Summer scholarships in space

Undertake a research project during the summer with a research scientist or outreach specialist at Australia's premier radio astronomy observatory. Undertake a research project with a research scientist or outreach specialist at CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science.

Australia’s isolation creates better scientists

Federation Fellow Ron Ekers believes Australia’s isolation creates better scientists.Former CSIRO scientist and current President of International Astronomers Union, Professor Ron Ekers argues that multi-culturalism makes science more fertile and Australians working overseas are our link to the global science community.

Radio astronomy: seeing the invisible universe

Radio astronomers collect and process radio waves to make pictures of objects in space. Stars, galaxies and gas clouds emit not only visible light but also radio waves, gamma rays, X-rays, and infrared radiation. Radio astronomers collect and process radio waves to make pictures of objects in space.

Parkes: five decades of discovery

CSIRO's Parkes telescope has had five decades of discovery and achievement.

Parkes and Apollo 11: receiving the moon walk

The Parkes radio telescope played a pivotal role in receiving the television broadcast from the Moon for the Apollo 11 moon walk.

Bringing pulsars to the people

CSIRO's Parkes telescope has found more pulsars (small spinning stars) than any other telescope. Parkes data on 4500 pulsars has now been put online and can be freely accessed by researchers and the public.

Mr Aaron Chippendale: unlocking the secrets of the universe

As a member of the project team working on the Square Kilometre Array, Mr Aaron Chippendale is bringing us a step closer to learning the secrets of life, the universe and everything.

Dr Naomi McClure-Griffiths: galactic octopus wrestler

Dr Naomi McClure-Griffiths uses CSIRO's radio telescope to map hydrogen gas in our Galaxy.

Measuring a solar explosion

In this video Mr David Brodrick discusses how his radio astronomy antenna helped determine the size of the largest solar flare yet recorded. (6:00)

Making world-class telescopes accessible

Each year CSIRO’s Australia Telescope is made available to 400 astronomers from 20 countries.

Looking at black holes

In this video discover how the Australia Telescope Compact Array is assisting astronomers to better understand black holes and the evolution of our universe. (6:00)

The hunt for ultra-high-energy neutrinos

CSIRO scientists are looking for nanosecond bursts of radio waves from neutrinos interacting with the Moon's surface.

History of the transit of Venus

Discover how transits of Venus have helped astronomers measure the distance to the Sun, create Internet audience records, and lead to the mapping of the east coast of Australia.

History of total solar eclipses

Total solar eclipses appear in many stories throughout history; stopping and starting wars, solving scientific puzzles and occassionally causing wide-spread panic. 

Hidden galaxies

New stars and hidden galaxies are a few of the discoveries being made by scientists searching the sky using powerful Australian telescopes as seen in this video. (2:00)

GASS in our galaxy

An international team led by CSIRO astronomers is mapping the hydrogen gas in the Milky Way in unprecedented detail. This will help them learn more about how our galaxy formed.

Explore and Educate

CSIRO operates a range of contemporary science engagement and education programs for students, teachers and the community. These programs convey the vital contribution that scientific research makes to Australia’s economy, the management of our environment, and our health. Science for information, education and enjoyment

Dr Dick Manchester: pulsar hunter

Dr Dick Manchester is a CSIRO Federation Fellow, leading a team of astronomers that use radio telescopes to study pulsars, providing new insights into gravity and space. CSIRO’s Federation Fellow, Dr Dick Manchester leads a team of astronomers that use radio telescopes to study pulsars.

CSIRO helps track Huygens space probe landing

CSIRO's radio telescopes helped track the Huygens probe as it landed on the surface of Saturn’s largest moon Titan, 1.2 billion kilometres away.

CSIRO boosts the power of the world’s biggest telescope

In the 1990s, CSIRO built a ground-breaking instrument for its own Parkes radio telescope. Now it’s built one for the world’s largest telescope. A special CSIRO imager is helping the world’s largest telescope see further and faster.

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