astrophysics

Artist's impression of the rocky terrain and lava rivers on the surface of Gliese 486b

A rocky planet discovered in the Virgo constellation could change how we look for life in the universe.

Starry night sky with tree silhouettes in foreground

A faraway galaxy with almost no dark matter has threatened to break our theory of galaxy formation. New evidence suggests the galaxy isn’t an anomaly – but a victim of theft.

Close-up of solar flare and coronal mass ejection on the Sun

Scientists have trained an artificial intelligence (AI) to help understand the evolution of young stars and their planets – a new benchmark in the use of AI in astronomy.

Artist's interpretation of a protoplanetary disk

At only 1 per cent the age of the Sun, the DS Tuc binary system shows us how a planet might naturally develop before its orbit is disturbed by external forces.

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Lisa Harvey-Smith has joined UNSW Sydney as Professor of Practice in Science Communication and the Australian government's Women in STEM Ambassador.

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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.

Jupiter

Juno is the first spacecraft to orbit Jupiter by passing above both poles of the planet on each revolution, and is our best chance to shed light on many of the planet's unsolved mysteries, writes Lucyna Kedziora-Chudczer.

Brian Boyle

He shared in a Nobel prize for physics and pioneered construction of the world’s largest radio telescope. Now Brian Boyle is blazing a trail for UNSW research. 

Flambaum

Good science is unpredictable, says Scientia Professor Victor Flambaum, who has been honoured with a prestigious Humboldt Award for his lifetime achievements in research.

NASA water crop

Not only is water associated with the formation of life, but extraterrestrial water can help us better understand the origin of water on Earth and its distribution within our planetary system, writes Lucyna Kedziora-Chudczer.

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