Delve into our rich involvement in space exploration and research.
Ancient star-crash detection ushers new dawn for discovery
3 May, 2019
An international team of scientists, including from The Australian National University (ANU), have detected two stars colliding in space about 500 million years ago.
Earth is a less volatile version of the Sun, study finds
16 March, 2019
ANU scientists have found that Earth is made of the same elements as the Sun but has less of the volatile elements such as hydrogen, helium, oxygen and nitrogen.
New 3D map will help solve long-standing cosmic mysteries
15 March 2019
A new study led by ANU has created a 3D map of the magnetic field in a small wedge of the Milky Way galaxy, paving the way for future discoveries that will improve our understanding of the origin and evolution of the Universe.
Thank Earth’s magnetic field for water that gives you life
14 March 2019
A study by scientists at ANU on the magnetic fields of planets has found that most planets discovered in other solar systems are unlikely to be as hospitable to life as Earth.
Space technology predicts droughts several months in advance
29 January 2019
Scientists from ANU have used new space technology to predict droughts and increased bushfire risk up to five months in advance.
Australia leads project to revolutionise astronomy
7 December 2018
Australian scientists will lead the design phase of a multimillion-dollar project for a new system on one of the world's most powerful ground-based optical telescopes that will produce images up to three times sharper than the Hubble Space Telescope.
Scientists detect biggest known black-hole collision
4 December 2018
An international team of scientists have detected ripples in space and time, known as gravitational waves, from the biggest known black-hole collision that formed a new black hole about 80 times larger than the Sun - and from another three black-hole mergers.
Study witnesses first moments of star dying in finest detail
22 November 2018
An international research team including The Australian National University (ANU) has used the Kepler space telescope in coordination with ground-based telescopes to witness the first moments of a star dying in unprecedented detail.
Astronomers witness David-vs-Goliath fight between galaxies
9 November 2018
Astronomers have witnessed, in the finest detail yet, a brutal David-vs-Goliath fight between two nearby galaxies that are tearing chunks from each other and flinging them into the gaseous Magellanic Stream, a cosmic river of blood encircling our Milky Way.
Astronomers witness slow death of nearby galaxy
30 October 2018
Astronomers from ANU and CSIRO have witnessed, in the finest detail ever, the slow death of a neighbouring dwarf galaxy, which is gradually losing its power to form stars.
New infrared telescope first to monitor entire northern sky
16 October 2018
A new infrared telescope designed and built by astronomers at ANU and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in the US will be the first of its kind to monitor the entire northern sky in search of new cosmic events.
New weapon in battle against space junk
27 September 2018
It may sound futuristic, but researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) and Tohoku University in Japan have found a new way of dealing with space junk - and it involves a new type of satellite powered by superheated gas.
Study helps solve mystery under Jupiter’s coloured bands
10 August 2018
Scientists from Australia and the United States have helped to solve the mystery underlying Jupiter's coloured bands in a new study on the interaction between atmospheres and magnetic fields.
Study may help humans colonise Mars and hunt for alien life
15 June 2018
Scientists at ANU have contributed to an international study that will potentially help humans to colonise Mars and find life on other planets.
More than 46,000 stargazers help break world record
4 June 2018
The official count for the ANU and Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) stargazing Guinness World Records title effort has been confirmed.
ANU smashes its own stargazing world record
24 May 2018
Citizen scientists in every state and territory have helped The Australian National University (ANU) smash its own stargazing Guinness World Records title and search through thousands of telescope images online to find two exploding stars in space.
New satellites with ANU laser technology launched into space
23 May 2018
ANU scientists have helped design new satellite instruments that are part of a joint NASA and German mission launched into space today to study changes in water levels on Earth and other aspects of climate change.
ANU invites citizen scientists to search for exploding stars
22 May 2018
ANU invites citizen scientists to join the University's search for exploding stars called supernovae, which help astronomers to measure the Universe.
Astronomers find fastest-growing black hole known in space
15 May 2018
Astronomers at ANU have found the fastest-growing black hole known in the Universe, describing it as a monster that devours a mass equivalent to our sun every two days.