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Australia's Astronomy And Space Science Research Has New Leader
2013-01-31 12:06:36

CSIRO CSIRO's astronomy, spacecraft tracking and space science activities will be headed up by a new leader, with the announcement today that Dr Lewis Ball has been appointed as the incoming Chief for CSIRO's Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) division. Dr Ball returns to CSIRO from his present role as Deputy Director at the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) located in Chile. There he has led the successful commencement of ALMA's scientific operation, currently the...

Australia Unveils ASKAP Telescope
2012-10-05 21:32:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Australia has unveiled a new $155 million telescope that could start to capture radio images as soon as today. The Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) is one of the world's fastest telescopes and sits in Australia's outback. ASKAP has 36 antennas with a diameter of 40 feet each and forms part of the world's biggest radio telescope projects. The telescope is located at the Murchison Radio-Astronomy...

New Director General Appointed For World’s Largest Telescope Project
2012-09-05 10:00:49

The SKA Organisation Board of Directors is very pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Philip Diamond as Director General of the SKA Organisation. Professor Diamond will provide overall leadership for the SKA Organisation, the international coordinating body for the SKA telescope. The SKA will be the largest and most sensitive radio telescope ever built; it will enable astronomers to glimpse the formation and evolution of the very first stars and galaxies after the Big Bang,...

2008-06-29 06:01:04

By Luntz, Stephen Australian astronomers have successfully bid for a 10 Gb/s data link across the US. The link will be used to demonstrate the practicality of moving the enormous amounts of data produced by major telescopes over large distances. "This wilt be important for demonstrating techniques that will be used for the international Square Kilometre Array radio telescope (AS, April 2008, pp.20-22)," said Prof Brian Boyle, Director of CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility. The...

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2008-06-18 09:38:58

Working from China, CSIRO astronomers have remotely controlled telescopes in three countries and streamed their data to CSIRO's Parkes Observatory in New South Wales for processing in real time. "We're now in the age of astronomy without borders," said Dr Tasso Tzioumis of CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF). "From a single operations center we can make huge streams of precisely time-linked data flow simultaneously between several countries, at gigabits per second." The...

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2008-05-16 01:00:00

Astronomers have discovered a rare type of star called a pulsar that they believe is locked in an elongated orbit around a star much like the sun. The spinning pulsar is called J1903+0327 and is located about 21,000 light years (About 6 trillion miles) from Earth. A pulsar is created when a massive star explodes as a supernova, astronomers said."The big question is"”how in the heck did this thing form, because it doesn't follow our standard models of how these things form," astronomer...

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2008-03-27 11:00:00

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) in Bonn have detected for the first time a molecule closely related to an amino acid: amino acetonitrile. The organic molecule was found with a 30 meter radio telescope in Spain and two radio interferometers in France and Australia in the "Large Molecule Heimat", a giant gas cloud near the galactic centre in the constellation Sagittarius (Astronomy & Astrophysics, in press).The "Large Molecule Heimat" is a very dense,...


Word of the Day
cenobite
  • One of a religious order living in a convent or in community; a monk: opposed to anchoret or hermit (one who lives in solitude).
  • A social bee.
This word comes from the Latin 'coenobium,' convent, which comes from the Greek 'koinobios,' living in community.
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