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Searching Alpha Centauri for Earth-Like Planets

By David Reneke

Breakthrough Watch has announced “first light” on a newly built instrument idesigned to hunt for exoplanets in our neighbouring star system, Alpha Centauri.

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Citizen Scientists Needed to Unlock Secrets of Universe

By David Reneke

AstroQuest is enlisting citizen scientists to check the data detailing how distant galaxies grow and evolve.

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Square Kilometre Array Nearing Completion

By David Reneke

Phase 1 of the Square Kilometre Array is nearing completion, and citizen scientists can help with one of the biggest astronomy projects of the next 10 years.

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New Theory to Explain “Alien Probe” Asteroid

By David Reneke

A new theory explains the true identity of an “alien probe” asteroid, and the development of Australia’s first space telescope is underway.

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Aussie Telescope Almost Doubles Known Number of Fast Radio Bursts

By David Reneke

The number of known fast radio bursts has doubled, and a patent has brought a space elevator one step closer.

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Meet Icarus, the Most Distant Star Ever Seen

By David Reneke

Astronomers have spotted the most distant star ever seen as well as stunning auroras on Saturn.

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Humanity’s First Visit to a Star

Credit: John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will expand our knowledge of the origin and evolution of the Sun. Credit: John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

By David Reneke

A probe will travel through the Sun’s atmosphere, and astronomers have found the fastest-growing black hole known in the universe.

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Planetary Formation Around a Binary Star

By David Reneke

Astronomers take a close look at planetary formation around a binary star and examine one of the biggest stars in our galaxy.

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Massive Star’s Dying Blast Caught By Pure Chance!

By Dave Reneke

A massive star’s dying blast has been caught by pure chance, and how early moons collided to form today’s Moon.

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The Explosion that Rocked the Universe

By David Reneke

The launch of a revolutionary Australian instrument will enable the fastest-ever survey of stars in our galaxy.

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