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Make the most of Melbourne Writers Festival

WHAT'S ON | DONATE BECOME A MEMBER   Exclusive ticket bundles for State Library lovers Immerse yourself in a thrilling exploration of ambition as Melbourne Writers Festival takes over the...

A cosmic time machine: how the James Webb Space Telescope lets us see the first galaxies in the universe

Image: NASA/JWST It has been an exciting week with the release of breathtaking photos of our Universe by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). Images...

James Webb Telescope: a scientist explains what its first, amazing images show – and how it will change astronomy

A star forming region in the Milky Way. NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI After decades of development and many trials and frustrations along the way, the James...

Did a giant radio telescope in China just discover aliens? Not so FAST…

Image: Liu Xu / Xinhua / AP “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” – Carl Sagan (Cosmos, 1980) This phrase is the standard that astronomers will be applying to a curious...

The Eta Aquariids meteor shower is set to light up the skies. Here’s how to get the best seat in the house

An Eta Aquariid meteor (centre) along with comet C/2020 F8 (SWAN) in the background, photographed during the 2020 Eta Aquariid shower. Photo by Jonti Horner, Author...

60 years after it first gazed at the skies, the Parkes dish is still making breakthroughs

  Image: CSIRO, Author provided The CSIRO’s 64-metre Parkes Radio Telescope was commissioned on October 31 1961. At the time it was the most advanced radio...