• Science and the sublime

    Nanda Jarosz     |      July 24, 2022

    Viewing the James Webb space telescope images through the lens of the sublime can be a way of remaining humble in the face of scientific achievement.

  • Looking for life on alien worlds

    Chris Impey     |      July 23, 2022

    The James Webb space telescope should be able to detect the chemical signatures of life in the atmosphere of planets far beyond our solar system.

  • Developing Australia’s role in space for national security

    Danielle Ireland-Piper     |      July 22, 2022

    Australia needs to develop itself as a regional, as well as international, space player given the growing importance of space as a domain of contested international interests.

  • The cosmic time machine

    Sara Webb     |      July 19, 2022

    It has been an exciting week in space with the release of breathtaking photos by the James Webb Space Telescope, allowing us to see distant galaxies as they were more than 13 billion years ago.

  • Keep watching the skies!

    Andrew Rivkin     |      July 7, 2022

    If an asteroid threat emerged, Earth would need to be ready and scientists are continually working to give the planet the best range of defensive strategies.

  • How an asteroid near-miss shocked the UN

    Sergio Camacho-Lara     |      July 5, 2022

    Spurred by a near miss, the world built an alert system to detect #asteroids heading for Earth, but if one were found it’s not clear who would decide what to do next.

  • The amateur asteroid hunters giving NASA a run for its money

    Peter Vereš     |      June 29, 2022

    Even with millions in funding and super high-tech equipment, the world’s space agencies need a helping hand from people at home to track down near earth asteroids.

  • Australia has lift off

    Malcolm Davis     |      June 29, 2022

    Australia has taken another step towards becoming a serious contributor to the global space economy with the launch of a NASA sounding rocket from the Arnhem Space Center at Nhulunbuy in the Northern Territory.

  • Close encounters of the drone kind

    Steven Tingay     |      May 24, 2022

    The United States Congress recently held a hearing into “unidentified aerial phenomena” and while it’s likely they’re drones of terrestrial origin, they’re rekindling interest into the possibility of alien visitation.

  • Mining the Moon and Mars

    Neil Martin     |      May 16, 2022

    Off-earth mining may once have been purely the stuff of science fiction, but now it’s potentially a US$1 trillion industry that is likely to be vital if humans are serious about colonising Mars or the Moon.

  • Is anybody out there?

    Chris Impey     |      May 6, 2022

    The passive search for alien intelligence has failed to bear fruit, so scientists are now actively sending messages to potentially habitable planets.

  • Data literacy is the best weapon against fake satellite images

    Bo Zhao     |      May 2, 2022

    A new algorithm can detect faked satellite images with a high degree of accuracy, but the best safeguard is an informed public.