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Astronomers reveal a likely second neutron star merger

A gamma ray burst from 2015 was caused by the same type of event that produced the gravitational waves measured last year. Ben Lewis reports. Original Link

Fifty years later, scientists reflect on the influence of 2001: A Space Odyssey

Kubrick’s masterpiece was released in 1968, and continues inspire generations of researchers in AI and space tech. Lauren Fuge reports. Original Link

Young star with four gas giant planets baffles astronomers

A young star has a planetary system befitting one much older, creating questions about how planets form. Ben Lewis reports. Original Link

Australian, US astronomers combine to produce new infrared telescope

The first device able to monitor the entire north sky swings in action. Brian W. Pulling reports. Original Link

Closing in on a giant ringed planet

Century-old photographs aid in the hunt for a massive and elusive system observed just once in more than a century. Andrew Masterson reports. Original Link

A short history of spacetime from Euclid to LIGO

A year ago today, the world learned that a huge team of scientists around the world had confirmed the existence of gravitational waves. Here, David Blair, from the Australian International Gravitational Research Centre, traces the long history of discovery that led to breakthrough. Original Link

Search for ET: look harder, NASA told

Expert committee recommends making astrobiology a priority. Andrew Masterson reports. Original Link

First Man: a new vision of the Apollo 11 mission to set foot on the Moon

Director Damien Chazelle and actor Ryan Gosling portray a a fallible and complex Neil Armstrong, say Alice Gorman and Heather L. Robinson. Original Link

Caught on camera: the moment a star dies

Astronomers witness the birth of an “ultra-stripped” supernova for the first time. Andrew Masterson reports. Original Link

A centuries-old astronomical mystery is solved

What was thought to be the formation of a star was actually a cataclysmic collision. Ben Lewis reports. Original Link

Astronomers reveal 20 new Fast Radio Bursts

A new radio telescope increases the number of mysterious high powered emissions from beyond the galaxy. Andrew Masterson reports. Original Link

A new star from an earlier simpler universe

Pristine by name and by nature, a star with almost no complex elements gives clues to the early universe Alan Duffy reports. Original Link

Voyager 2 set to follow its sister into the void

Mission control says evidence indicates the 40-year-old probe is about to leave the solar system. Andrew Masterson reports. Original Link

Cassini data reveals Saturn’s layer of imprisoned protons

The planet plays gaoler to an isolated inner belt of radiation. Ben Lewis reports. Original Link

A mission ends, and all is well

A Russian craft touches down on dry land after half a year aloft. Original Link

Space junk hunter-killer satellites are on the way

Australian researchers take aim at hundreds of thousands of bits of debris orbiting the Earth. Alan Duffy reports. Original Link

Astronomers cautiously claim the first ‘exomoon’

Data suggests a moon the size of Neptune orbiting a planet 8,000 light years away. Richard A Lovett reports. Original Link

Microquasar detected emitting high energy radiation from its outer reaches, not its core

Results from 1000 days of data have caught astrophysicists by surprise. Ben Lewis reports. Original Link

The bright and invisible universe

Optical imaging reveals glowing hydrogen as far as the eye can see. Andrew Masterson reports. Original Link

Unexpected find from a neutron star forces a rethink on radio jets

Astronomers found something not predicted by current theory when they took a closer look at the emissions from a neutron star with a very strong magnetic field. James Miller-Jones, science director at the Curtin University node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, in Western Australia, reports. Original Link

Luminous blue variables erupt in stellar geysers

Modelling explains rare but spectacular astronomical phenomenon. Ben Lewis reports. Original Link

Search for ET so far just a drop in the ocean, scientists find

Results to date provide no basis to conclude intelligent aliens don’t exist. Andrew Masterson reports. Original Link

Alex the Astronaut meets Alex, an astronaut

Alex the Astronaut is an Australian musician rapidly gaining a reputation and fans around the world. A former physics student at Long island University in New York, she retains a fascination with science. Here, she interviews her near-namesake, astronaut Alex Gerst. Original Link

As the dust clears on Mars, Opportunity appears

After more than three months, NASA’s rover is seen again. Andrew Masterson reports. Original Link

Astronomers observe matter falling into a black hole at superfast speeds

Matter has been falling at 30% of the speed of light could explain the frequency of supermassive black holes in the early universe. Ben Lewis reports. Original Link

Dust storms on Titan

Images gathered by Cassini show turbulence on Saturn’s moon. Original Link

Why we need to send artists into space

The SpaceX mission to send painters and poets to the moon could have world-changing ramifications. Lauren Fuge reports. Original Link

A galactic near-miss set stars on an unexpected path around the Milky Way

A close pass from the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy sent ripples through the Milky Way that are still visible today. Ben Lewis reports. Original Link

“Nuclear pasta” is certainly not al dente

Computer simulations show just how tough neutron stars really are. Nick Carne reports. Original Link

To Ultima Thule! What NASA’s New Horizons has planned for the holiday season

A rendezvous with a tiny distant rock has mission scientists biting their knuckles. Richard A Lovett reports. Original Link

Orbiter reveals Martian dust devils and high radiation counts

As a massive storm wanes, the planet looks different, and brings bad news for astronauts. Andrew Masterson reports. Original Link

Where to look for extraterrestrial life

The universe may be teeming with life, but we have yet to find any beyond Earth. These are the best prospects, says Stephen Fleischfresser. Original Link

A cloud-covered world

Between serious duties, an astronaut finds time for photography and electronic music. Original Link

Is the search for dark energy a dead end?

After decades of research, dark matter and dark energy remain elusive. Is it time to admit that cosmology is ensnared by dimly understood forces? Michael Brooks investigates. Original Link

Ceres’ lonely ice volcano is only one of many

New research is delving into the little know cryovolcanism of the outer solar system. Original Link

Faster-than-light detection following cosmic collision not what it appears

Jets moving super-fast were an optical illusion, but could explain the highest energy explosions in the universe. Alan Duffy reports. Original Link

A galaxy revealed

European Southern Observatory releases images captured just for their beauty. Original Link

Bring back Pluto!

The decision to declare Pluto not a planet was fundamentally flawed, argue a team of astrophysicists. Andrew Masterson reports. Original Link

Darkness looms for NASA’s Dawn

Pioneering asteroid visiting craft is running on fumes and about to shut down. Richard A Lovett reports. Original Link

Stand down. Binary star system is not about to explode

A 2017 prediction of twin-star self-destruction turns out to be based on a 20 year-old mistake. Andrew Masterson reports. Original Link

Saturn’s hexagon may tower to the stratosphere

New findings based on Cassini data paint a stunning picture of the planet. Andrew Masterson reports. Original Link

Massive gas jets seen streaming from early universe galaxy

Scientists study star formation in a young and rambunctious system. Ben Lewis reports. Original Link

NASA’s Lucy in the sky with Trojans

The agency prepares to launch a mission to investigate swarms of asteroids orbiting with Jupiter. Richard A Lovett reports. Original Link

Royal Institution honours prominent achievers

Four distinguished Australians accorded one of science’s highest honours. Original Link

The Lagoon Nebula

Four thousand light-years away, a young star is sculpting a spectacular cloud of dust and gas. Original Link

Ancient cosmic rays mapped in close galactic neighbours

Australian-led team estimates star formation rate in Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. Alan Duffy reports. Original Link

Saturn wears the crown

Hubble imaging reveals the majesty of a massive planet’s massive aurora. Original Link

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