Tagged: galaxies

What the universe looks like when viewed with radio eyes - Guest Work

Guest Work Oct 28, 2016

Natasha Hurley-Walker, Curtin University To the naked eye, the universe we can see on a clear night is dotted with thousands of stars, but what would it look like if human eyes could see radio waves? Deep in the Western Australian outback a radio telescope is demonstrating just that by painting a picture of the cosmos in all … Read More

Kiwis join major astronomy project underway in the Chilean mountains - Guest Work

Guest Work Jun 07, 2016

By Professor Richard Easther This week, the University of Auckland (where I work) announced it is joining the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope collaboration. So what is the LSST, what will it do, and why are we so excited about it?  Firstly, the LSST is, as the name suggests, a telescope. Currently under construction in the Chilean Andes, it is scheduled to see “first light” in … Read More

Astronomy: A Voyage of Discovery - Micro to Macro

Ryan Ridden Feb 09, 2016

Astronomy is a subject of exploration. In an age where the Earth has been charted from the Old World to the New, it almost seems like the age of great voyages of exploration and discovery have long passed. That stands true as long as you don’t look up at night. On a clear night it becomes painfully clear there is much … Read More

Is our Milky Way galaxy a zombie, already dead and we don’t know it? - Guest Work

Guest Work Jan 29, 2016

Kevin Schawinski, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Like a zombie, the Milky Way galaxy may already be dead but it still keeps going. Our galactic neighbor Andromeda almost certainly expired a few billion years ago, but only recently started showing outward signs of its demise. Galaxies seem to be able to “perish” – that is, stop turning … Read More

Micro to Macro - Micro to Macro

Ryan Ridden Jan 13, 2016

In our universe the incredibly tiny and the absolutely enormous are intertwined. In our everyday life there appears to be a clear distinction between the microscopic and macroscopic worlds, however, in many ways this is an illusion. We can begin to see how the two worlds connect by looking at the fundamental rules of the universe, as uncovered by physics … Read More