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November 2015
Molonglo Reborn: Opening and 50th Anniversary Celebration   View Summary
26 November 2015
Next week will see the official opening of the redeveloped Molonglo telescope, coinciding with the 50 year anniversary of the dedication of the Mills Cross radio telescope at the Molonglo Observatory.
Sydney Astrophotonic Instrumentation Laboratory (SAIL) open for business   View Summary
9 November 2015
SAIL logoThe Sydney Astrophotonic Instrumentation Laboratory (SAIL) for the Sydney Institute of Astronomy is now open. The new labs are hosting high calibre research projects and collaborations, as well as world leading researchers.
Hunstead gift brings distinguished researchers to SIfA   View Summary
4 November 2015
Dick HunsteadFunded by a generous donation to SIfA by Professor Dick Hunstead, Ortwin Gerhard, Rosemary Wyse and Sarah Kendrew are visiting SIfA during November.
October 2015
SIfA student's research attracts worldwide media attention   View Summary
29 October 2015
Plasma tubesSIfA Honours student Cleo Loi has received worldwide media attention for her research on real-time imaging of plasma tubes in the Earth's ionosphere.
August 2015
GPS, black holes, warp drives and more: Geraint Lewis on 100 years of Einstein's General Relativity   View Summary
24 August 2015
Image: Stas1995/FlickrProfessor Geraint Lewis from SIfA spoke at the Sydney Science Forum on 'A century of Einstein's General Theory of Relativity'. The talk attracted widespread media attention due to its description of faster than light space travel, which is possible in Einstein's theory.
High impact work by SIfA astronomers featured by AAS   View Summary
6 August 2015
The American Astronomical Society has compiled 15 high-impact astronomy research papers published in the past three years, including two authored by researchers in SIfA.
High impact work by SIfA astronomers featured by AAS   View Summary
6 August 2015
Credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechThe American Astronomical Society has compiled 15 high-impact astronomy research papers published in the past three years, including two authored by researchers in SIfA.
Astronomers on Q&A   View Summary
5 August 2015
Q&A logoSIfA astronomers Professor Tim Bedding and PhD student Joseph Callingham were selected to ask questions of a panel of scientists and science communicators in a special science-themed episode of the ABC television program Q&A.
July 2015
Students gather for Einstein's waves   View Summary
31 July 2015
Parkes Radio TelescopeThirty university students, including Charlotte Ward from the University of Sydney, visited the Parkes radio telescope to learn about the hunt for gravitational waves.
Astronomers discover Earth's bigger cousin   View Summary
24 July 2015
Artist's conception of 452b. Credits: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. PyleAstronomers discover Earth's bigger cousin
June 2015
Death in the 15th century   View Summary
29 June 2015
MWAA galaxy that 'died' around the same time as England's King Richard III may help astronomers improve their cosmic accounting.
Detection of tubular plasma structures   View Summary
1 June 2015
MWA TubesAstronomers have detected the existence of tubular plasma structures in the inner layers of the magnetosphere surrounding the Earth.
May 2015
Recent PhD Submission   View Summary
12 May 2015
David Webster recently submitted his PhD on ultra-faint dwarf galaxies.
Kepler Observes Neptune Dance with Its Moons   View Summary
12 May 2015
Kepler takes measurements oscillations in Neptune to understand its structure
April 2015
Unravelling galaxies' evolution   View Summary
10 April 2015
Spiral GalaxySydney Astronomers lead the Galactic Archaeology with HERMES (GALAH) survey.
January 2015
Ancient star system reveals earth-sized planets forming near start of Universe   View Summary
28 January 2015
A Sun-like star with orbiting planets, dating back to the dawn of the Galaxy, has been discovered by an international team of astronomers.