Big step forward for SKA
The discovery potential of the future international SKA radio telescope has been glimpsed following the commissioning of a working optical fibre link between CSIRO’s Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope in Western Australia, and other radio telescopes across Australia and New Zealand.
‘Russian doll’ galaxy reveals black holes’ true power
Following a study of what is in effect a miniature galaxy buried inside a normal-sized one – like a Russian doll – astronomers using a CSIRO telescope have concluded that massive black holes are more powerful than we thought.
CSIRO "hot rods" old telescope
CSIRO has helped transform the University of Sydney’s radio telescope into a world-class instrument, and along the way has learned lessons for its own ASKAP (Australian SKA Pathfinder) telescope.
A new way to weigh planets
An international CSIRO-led team of astronomers has developed a new way to weigh the planets in our Solar System – using radio signals from the small spinning stars called pulsars.
Astronomers find cause of “dicky tickers”
In today’s issue of Science, CSIRO astronomer George Hobbs and colleagues in the UK, Germany and Canada report that they have taken a big step towards solving a 30-year-old puzzle: why the “cosmic clocks” called pulsars aren’t perfect.
Bursting 'bubbles' the origin of galactic gas clouds
Like bubbles bursting on the surface of a glass of champagne, ‘bubbles’ in our Galaxy burst and leave flecks of material in the form of clouds of hydrogen gas, researchers using CSIRO’s Parkes telescope have found.
American honour for Australian space tracking stations
The Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex (CDSCC) at Tidbinbilla and former tracking stations, Honeysuckle Creek and Orroral Valley, near Canberra, will be honoured tomorrow by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) as sites of Historic Aerospace Significance.
CSIRO wireless team wins top Aussie science award
The CSIRO team that invented the technology behind most high-speed wireless local area networks (WLANs) was last night awarded an Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) Clunies Ross Award.
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.
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.
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.