Tagged: stars

Take it from me: I’m not signing up to become a space tourist just yet… - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 11, 2018

Rowena Christiansen, University of Melbourne This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Take it from me is a new series in Science and Technology, where we find an expert to provide a personal but informed perspective on a topical issue. Elon Musk’s SpaceX reportedly has two people signed up for a … Read More

Black holes aren’t totally black, and other insights from Stephen Hawking’s groundbreaking work - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 20, 2018

Christoph Adami, Michigan State University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Mathematical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking was best known for his work exploring the relationship between black holes and quantum physics. A black hole is the remnant of a dying supermassive star that’s fallen into itself; these remnants contract … Read More

Stars for sale, but no, you can’t really buy an official star name to remember someone - Guest Work

Guest Author Feb 27, 2018

Brad E Tucker, Australian National University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. About once a week, I receive an email like this (note that any identifying details have been removed): I was wondering if you could help me. We are coming to Canberra for 2 nights with our friends whose … Read More

Considering the Character of Galaxies - A History of NZ Science in 25 Objects

Jean Balchin Jul 04, 2017

One day, when I was seven years old, I decided to camp out in the treehouse with my brother John. It was a poorly planned venture from the start; we misjudged the cold, the ferocity of the mosquitoes and our own temperaments. John got spooked looking at the gnarled bark of the tree, reading faces … Read More

Astronomical Travels: Stellar science on show - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 03, 2016

In this guest post series astronomer Dr Yaël Nazé details her experience traveling from Belgium to New Zealand for the International Astronomy Union Symposia – The Lives and Death-Throes of Massive Stars. Every conference has his favourite themes, which are the “hottest” things of the day. For IAUS329, there were several ones, plus some soft controversies (we won’t fight … Read More

Astronomical travels: From the land of chocolate to Aotearoa - Guest Work

Guest Author Nov 08, 2016

In this guest post series astronomer Dr Yaël Nazé details her experience traveling from Belgium to New Zealand for the International Astronomy Union Symposia – The Lives and Death-Throes of Massive Stars. Attending a scientific congress – a classic activity for a researcher. Of course it helps to keep up to date with the latest discoveries, but it … Read More

Deciphering Matariki: science lessons from star lore - Mātau Taiao

Laura Goodall Jun 09, 2016

It’s Matariki, a sacred time for Māori that’s named after a specific star cluster. For Waikato astronomy researcher Dr Rangi Mātāmua, traditional Māori star knowledge and Western science are not enemies but allies. His latest project uses historic star lore to shed light on modern environmental issues – and is also a deeply personal quest that began with a dying … Read More

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

Guest Author 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