Category Archives: Astronomy

An Australian Curiosity

It’s fantastic that for the second time in a couple of months the world has been transfixed by a scientific story. Personally I find the arrival of Curiosity on Mars far more exciting than the discovery of the Higgs Boson, … Continue reading

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The South Watch

Yesterday an asteroid shot past the Earth at a distance of 5.4million km, about 14 times as far away as the Moon. Such events are pretty common, but what makes this 2012 LZ1 stand out is that the object involved … Continue reading

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A Win For the South

The announcement that the SKA will be split between Australia/New Zealand and South Africa seems too good to be true. Ever since the field was narrowed to the two finalists I have felt conflicted about the decision. Winning the SKA … Continue reading

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Sweet September

I haven’t been posting much lately because my non-science related work is concentrated in August and September. However, I thought I’d better show I’m alive so here’s a round-up of the highlights of September Australasian Science. I haven’t had time … Continue reading

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Heavenly Photos

It’s a bit of a cliche that astronomy is different from other sciences in the extent to which amateurs can make a contribution. With photos like these – who cares? Congratulations Alex Cherney, winner of the Starmus photography prize. Much … Continue reading

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Omega Centauri Come On Down

Back here I covered Duncan Forbes efforts to engage the public in the question of what a galaxy actually is, and how one distinguishes it from a globular star cluster. Voting is still open, but enough people have taken part … Continue reading

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aMAYzing Australasian Science

Despite the headline, I’ll admit none of my contributions to the new edition are likely to make a list of my best ever articles, but there are still some I think are of interest. The Cool Scientist  is remarkable in … Continue reading

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