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Friday, May 14, 2021

Tag: Astronomy

Meteor shower from Halley’s Comet to light up the sky

Australians will be treated to a spectacular meteor shower with streaking lights of shooting stars on display from early morning this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting.

Great Conjunction brings gas giants closest to Earth in centuries

Canberra skywatchers are readying their telescopes for the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, last seen in the Middle Ages.

Supergiant star Betelgeuse may not be so giant after all

A new study led by Dr Meridith Joyce from the ANU shows the giant red star Betelgeuse is both smaller and closer to Earth than previously thought.

Star ripped apart by black hole in ‘rare phenomenon’

Astronomers have witnessed a star being ripped apart by a supermassive black hole in what they say is a “rare phenomenon”.

Go on an educational ‘Goose Chase’ in space

School holiday activities that are fun, COVID-safe and educational? Sign us up! The Australian National University (ANU) has teamed up with Dark Sky Innovations, who has developed the StarFest 2020 virtual Goose...

Hungriest of black holes among the most massive in the Universe

New research led by the Australian National University (ANU) has shown just how enormous the fastest-growing black hole in the Universe actually is.

Shooting star show set to spark joy during self-isolation

Streaking-light shows from the Eta Aquariids meteor shower, which are bits of rock and ice from Halley’s Comet that will burn up in Earth’s atmosphere, would happen from early morning on Wednesday and Thursday, 6 and 7 May.

Remembering region’s rich space history

Most people remember where they were when man first walked on the Moon. For ACT Minister for Heritage, Mick Gentleman, that was at his father’s side. Mr Gentleman’s father was a super tech...
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