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Mysterious dance of dwarfs may force a cosmic rethink

The discovery that many small galaxies do not ‘swarm’ randomly around larger ones, is forcing astronomers to reconsider some aspects of how the universe formed and evolved.

An artist's impression of an asteroid breaking up

Asteroids are pounding a pulsar

Radio astronomers have found evidence that a tiny star called PSR J0738-4042 is being pounded by asteroids – large lumps of rock in space.

PLATO-R in Antarctica

Deep freeze telescope reveals galactic carbon trail

Using a telescope in Antarctica, researchers have identified a giant gas cloud that appears to be in an early stage of formation.

Star SMSS J031300.36-670839.3

Oldest known star found by Australian astronomers

A star 6,000 light-years from Earth is the oldest yet found in the Universe, having formed in the earliest era of stars.

Sunset image of dishes of the Australia Telescope Compact Array

Australian astronomer wins prestigious award

The former director of two of the world’s largest telescopes, Professor Ron Ekers, has been awarded a gold medal for his contributions to radio astronomy.

The pulsar and its companion star

The ‘missing link’ pulsar

CSIRO radio telescopes in Australia and other ground and space-based instruments, have spotted a small star undergoing a radical transformation.

An artist's conception of a black hole generating a jet

Galactic explosion betrays black hole

A colossal explosion from the supermassive black hole at centre of our galaxy has been revealed by its reflected glow.

Antennae of the MWA backlit by the Sun

Australian telescope to reveal early universe

The $51 million Murchison Widefield Array radio telescope has begun operations in Australia’s outback.

Antennae of CSIRO's Compact Array telescope

Astronomers spy on galaxies in the raw

A CSIRO radio telescope has detected the raw material for making the first stars when the Universe was just three billion years old.

Australia Telescope Compact Array

Telescope takes universe’s temperature

Observations show the universe has cooled down just the way the Big Bang theory predicts.