Astronomy

Clouds obstruct view of Geminids meteor shower in eastern Australia

Geminids meteor shower

Megan Levy and Marissa Calligeros   The year's strongest meteor shower streaked across the skies on Sunday night - not that Sydneysiders  

Geminids meteor shower: second chance for sightings on Sunday night

The Geminids meteor shower can create up to 100 shooting stars an hour.

Anna Whitelaw   Melburnians will get a second chance to see the Geminids meteor shower after Saturday night's spectacle proved to be a fizzer.

A shooting star every minute: why you should stay up late on Sunday night

The Geminids meteor shower can create up to 100 shooting stars an hour.

Sky-watchers will be burning the midnight oil as one of the year's most spectacular meteor showers reaches its fiery peak.

Astronomy can be life changing: Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith

Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith

Clare Colley   Wi-Fi, advanced medical imaging and algorithms to detect skin cancer all have one thing in common - they were all offshoots of astronomy, CSIRO astronomer Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith says.

Geminid meteor shower to light up skies

The Geminid meteor shower can produce as many as 30 to 40 meteors an hour during peak activity

Perry Vlahos   The Geminid meteor shower can produce as many as 30 to 40 meteors an hour during peak activity over Australia. This year’s peak is overnight on December 13-14.

Age-old dream fulfilled as humans finally make contact with comet

Into the darkness: The view from Rosetta as the Philae lander is released.

Rachel Feltman   Throughout human history, comets have been distant, mysterious heavenly bodies. The hunks of rock and ice streak through the sky, streaming bright tails of gas as the sun warms them.

Fly me to the moons

Eclipsed: The notion of just one moon.

Perry Vlahos   For most of human history we knew of only one moon, but in one fell swoop Galileo turned his telescope to Jupiter and quadrupled the number of moons in the Solar System.

New Norcia: Australia's link to comet probe Rosetta landing

The surface of the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet, taken from an altitude of approximately 10km by the Rosetta probe.

Ray Sparvell   Scientists at New Norcia have boldly gone where no others have in the landing of a deep space probe on a comet 500 million kilometres from Earth.

Canberra complex plays pivotal role in comet landing

Close encounter: Artist's impression of Rosetta's lander Philae on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Clare Colley   The antennas at the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex at Tidbinbilla played a pivotal role in the first attempt to land a space probe on the surface of a comet on Wednesday night.

Australian astrophysicist wins share of $3m Breakthrough Prize

 Brian Schmidt, left, with fellow researchers Adam Riess and Saul Perlmutter,  accept their  prize at a gala in Silicone Valley.

Clare Colley   ANU astrophysicist Brian Schmidt and a team of researchers have won a share in the most lucrative science prize in the world.

Supernova 1987A: UWA astronomers examine death of a star

The remnant of Supernova 1987A has been examined by researchers around the world

Astronomers have used radio telescopes in Australia and Chile to see inside the remains of a supernova, in what researchers describe as a forensic investigation into the death of a star.

European spacecraft Rosetta to drop lander on comet

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

One of the biggest gambles in space history comes to a climax this week when Europe attempts to make the first landing on a comet.

Rosetta comet probe to touch down this week

An artist's impression of the Philae probe setting down on Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Perry Vlahos   Another missing first is about to be achieved next week – we’re going to make a soft landing on the surface of a comet.

When E.T phoned home and "Big Ear" picked up the signal

Space oddity: The Big Ear radio telescope was part of Ohio University'€s program to search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) and was used for this purpose from 1973 to 1995.

The radio telescope known as Big Ear picked up a signal seemingly from outer space – just once – and now it's been dismantled and turned into a golf course.

Volcanoes on the moon could have been erupting in the time of the dinosaurs

This feature on the lunar surface, called Maskelyne, is one of many newly-discovered young volcanic deposits on the moon.

Amina Khan   Scientists thought the moon had been cold and dead for a billion years, but a new discovery could force them to reconsider its evolution.

Sci-tech

Ask Fuzzy: Super-pressure balloons reach for stars

Weather observer: Michael Glasson releases a weather balloon at Giles weather station in Western Australia to track wind speed and direction.The data will help predict rain in Sydney .

Robert Brand   Thin air no barrier to high-spec weather balloons.

Total lunar eclipse: what you need to know

The rare 'blood moon' is expected occur from around 6.20pm (WA time) on Wednesday.

Caroline Zielinski   Total lunar eclipse question and answer.

Rare 'blood moon' on the rise over WA skies

The rare 'blood moon' is expected occur from around 6.20pm (WA time) on Wednesday.

Candice Barnes   What do you get when you combine one of Perth’s spectacular sunsets with a total lunar eclipse? According to astronomers, it’ll be an awe-inspiring skyshow, known as a "blood moon".

'Blood moon' total eclipse predicted for Sydney

Lunar eclipse.

Lisa Visentin   The moon is expected to be bathed in a bright orange-red glow on Wednesday when the second total lunar eclipse of the year occurs - and Sydneysiders should have prime-time viewing.

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Get ready for a total lunar eclipse

The magnificent changing moon during a total eclipse.

Tanya Hill   Look up towards the east on Wednesday night (October 8) and a total lunar eclipse will be visible from across Australia.

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