Tagged: universe

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

Second detection heralds the era of gravitational wave astronomy - Guest Work

Guest Work Jun 16, 2016

By Paul Lasky, Monash University Earlier this year, a team of over 1,000 scientists from across the globe announced the first discovery of gravitational waves and the first ever observation of colliding black holes. That same team has now published a second gravitational-wave observation from another cataclysmic black hole death spiral, detected on Boxing Day, December … Read More

NZ scientists join ambitious search of the cosmos - News

Erica Mather Jun 08, 2016

Scientists from the University of Auckland have signed up to join the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project, one of the most ambitious astronomy projects ever undertaken. The LSST is a purpose-built telescope equipped with the world’s largest digital camera at 3,200-megapixels, which is able to take snapshots of the night sky the size of 40 full moons. The … 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

Kitchen Science: gastrophysics brings the universe into your kitchen - Guest Work

Guest Work Apr 29, 2016

By Stephen Hughes, Queensland University of Technology This title will probably come as a surprise to you. Astrophysics concerns enormous scales of space, time and energy; kitchens are relatively small, homely places. So how can there be a connection between astrophysics and the kitchen? Have you ever dropped a just-opened plastic bottle of milk or fruit juice … 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

Extreme futuring - Ariadne

Robert Hickson Sep 04, 2014

It would be a reliably accurate prediction that Zager & Evans’ “In the year 2525” will not be at the top of most futurist’s best song ever written list Looking 500 years & more ahead is unusual for your common or garden futurist. Most at the moment are only looking out to the year 2030 or 2050. However, earlier … Read More

The origin of the universe: is there a role for God? - Guest Work

Guest Work Apr 19, 2012

By Ascelin Gordon, Research Fellow, Global Studies, Social Sciences and Planning at RMIT University Last week’s Global Atheist Convention and debates between prominent atheists and theologians in the Australian media has seen arguments about the existence of God getting a thorough airing. In my view, one of the more interesting arguments — recently … Read More

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