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What is our universe? Where did it come from? Associate Professor Sarah Brough studies rare mega-galaxies - thousands of times the size of the Milky Way - which she likens to interviewing elders about our past community.

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A study of the internal sound waves created by starquakes, which make stars ring like a bell, has provided unprecedented insights into conditions in the turbulent gas clouds where stars were born 8 billion years ago.

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A new telescope built in one of the most remote regions of our planet is letting us see cosmic carbon in a new light, writes Michael Burton.

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An international team of astronomers has used a new UNSW Australia telescope to help discover a large rocky object disintegrating in a death spiral around a distant white dwarf star.

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An accidental find of a collection of young red dwarf stars close to our solar system could give a rare glimpse of slow-motion planet formation. 

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The Mopra telescope at Siding Spring Observatory is a frontline facility charting a new atlas of our galaxy. But who is going to pay for it, asks Michael Burton.

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After nine and a half years in flight, the New Horizons spacecraft will sweep past the dwarf planet Pluto on Tuesday night, bringing its journey to a thrilling climax, write Jonathan P. Marshall and Jonti Horner.

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UNSW astrophysicists will search for habitable planets outside our solar system using the world’s most powerful optical telescope, which is to be constructed in Chile.

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On the 25th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers from around the globe, including UNSW's Chris Tinney, describe the Hubble image with the most scientific relevance for them.

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In Australian Indigenous astronomical traditions the celestial lights of Aurora Australis are associated with fire, death, blood, and omens, writes Duane Hamacher.

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