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Mysterious clouds could offer new clues on dark matter

The hunt for gravitational waves, ripples in space and time caused by major cosmic cataclysms, could help solve one of the Universe's other burning mysteries - boson clouds and whether they are a leading contender for dark matter.

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The hunt for gravitational waves, ripples in space and time caused by major cosmic cataclysms, could help solve one of the Universe's other burning mysteries - boson clouds and whether they are a leading contender for dark matter.

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Two people look at computerised scientific instruments

News | 16 Nov 2021

An ANU physicist’s quest for success lightyears away

Imagine working on a project for 20 years before seeing any concrete outcome or results. That was Distinguished Professor Susan Scott's experience before making a huge discovery with her research team.

Media release, News | 8 Nov 2021

Scientists detect a "tsunami" of gravitational waves

A team of international scientists, including researchers from The Australian National University (ANU), have unveiled the largest number of gravitational waves ever detected.

Media release, News | 16 Sep 2021

Astrophysicists solve 'empty sky' gamma-ray mystery

Star-forming galaxies are responsible for creating gamma-rays that until now had not been associated with a known origin.

Dr Noelia Martinez Rey is standing inside the ruins of a telescope destroyed by bushfire.

Research story | 13 Aug 2021

Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how wonderfully artificial you are

Dr Noelia Martinez Rey creates artificial stars in space using lasers to correct for the twinkling effect of atmospheric turbulence. “When you see a star twinkle, that twinkle is created by turbulence in our atmosphere,” she explains.

Illustration of a supernova explosion

News, Research story | 5 Aug 2021

World-first look at earliest moments of supernova explosion

In a world-first, astronomers at The Australian National University (ANU), working with NASA and an international team of researchers, have captured the first moments of a supernova - the explosive death of stars.

Analysis and opinion | 13 Jul 2021

We found a new type of stellar explosion that could explain a 13-billion-year-old mystery of the Milky Way’s elements

Until recently it was thought neutron star mergers were the only way heavy elements (heavier than Zinc) could be produced. These mergers involve the mashup of the remnants of two massive stars in a binary system.

Professor Yun Liu, Professor Sharon Friel and Professor Naomi McClure-Griffiths.

Media release, Research story | 8 Jul 2021

ANU researchers win nation’s most prestigious funding award

Galaxies, building health equity and “crystal chemistry” is the focus of three major research projects at The Australian National University (ANU) receiving more than $9.7 million in Government funding.

Telescope image of constellation Aquila close to border with Capricornus and Sagittarius.

News | 8 Jul 2021

Ancient star death unlocks 13-billion-year space mystery

In a world-first, astronomers from The Australian National University (ANU) have discovered evidence of a massive explosion that led to the destruction of a rapidly spinning, strongly-magnetized star.

Portrait head and shoulders photo of Professor Anna Moore with blurry background.

News | 17 Jun 2021

Funding boost to help Aussie tech survive in space

Australia's spacecraft and satellites will better survive damaging radiation and extreme conditions thanks to $2.5 million in funding for improved space testing facilities at ANU.

Artist interpretation of laser light sail. Image shows space with lasers from Earth casting a large sail.

News | 8 Jun 2021

Scientists lead ambitious study to reach infinity and beyond

Scientists from ANU have designed a new type of space-craft propulsion system as part of an ambitious international project that aims to explore the worlds surrounding our second nearest star, Alpha Centauri.

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