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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
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.
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.