Gravitational waves detected for first time from two stars colliding

Scientists from ANU and around the world have detected for the first time ripples in space and time, known as gravitational waves, from the collision of two

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An artist's impression of the two neutron stars colliding. Image: LSC / Sonoma State University / Aurore Simonnet

ANU Hidden Gems – a relic from war times

As everyone knows, Mount Stromlo Observatory (and its history) is intrinsically linked to the stars and many people hold it in a fond place among Canberra's

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GMT’S first giant mirror segment starts journey south

The first of seven 27-foot mirrors that together assemble into the world’s largest telescope, the Giant Magellan Telescope, has left the Richard F.

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ANU to lead new project to enhance technology for drones and small satellites

The Australian National University (ANU) will lead a new project announced by the federal government to enhance Australia's defence capability by building in

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New ANU agreement to strengthen Australian space industry

The ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (RSAA) will reinforce its position at the centre of the national space industry with a new agreement wi

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Inside the ANU Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre at Mt Stromlo Observatory. Image: Stuart Hay, ANU.

ANU scientists produce best estimate of Earth’s composition

Scientists at ANU have produced the best estimate of Earth's elemental composition which will help them understand how the Earth formed 4.6 billion years ago

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Earth. Image: NASA/JPL

ANU opens lodge at Siding Spring Observatory

ANU has officially opened the Siding Spring Observatory lodge that was rebuilt after the 2013 bushfires.

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(L-R) Warrumbungle Shire Mayor Peter Shinton, Professor Matthew Colless, Aunty Maureen Salter and Professor Brian Schmidt AC in front of the lodge at Siding Spring Observatory. Image: Stuart Hay, ANU

GMTIFS: Designing an instrument at RSAA

A first-light instrument for the GMT is being developed at the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC) at the 

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Dr. James Gilbert (left) and Ian Price (right) with the deformable mirror test bench.

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