Stars viewed from a place called Dome A in Antarctica can finally be seen without their twinkle – which means in much greater detail.
Using a telescope installed at the driest place on earth, Antarctica's Ridge A, a UNSW-led team has identified the early stages of a giant cloud of molecular gas – the birthplace of stars.
The temperature can get below minus 93 degrees on an Antarctic ridge near Dome A, where UNSW scientists operate an astronomical observatory, writes Michael Ashley.
Scientists may not agree on the "balance" shown in a new ABC documentary on climate change, but giving a sceptic equal airtime to expose the weakness of their argument may not be such a bad thing, writes Michael Ashley.
Antarctica might be the coldest, driest and windiest continent, but it holds a fascination for many including Michael Ashley, Professor of Astrophysics.