NASA’s latest and most ambitious mission to Mars was launched successfully on Friday, beginning a seven-month journey to the Red Planet.
Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft, carrying samples of asteroid Ryugu, will parachute to a landing at Woomera in South Australian in December 2020.
Australia’s investment in astronomy and its hosting of two of the world’s most powerful telescopes means it is well placed to contribute to more big breakthroughs.
The surviving core of a gas giant planet has been discovered orbiting a distant star by an international team including a Perth backyard astronomer.
Dark sky campaigners are gearing up for a world-record attempt at measuring light pollution on June 21.
The 0.5-metre Dynamic REd All-Sky Monitoring Survey (DREAMS) scope will continually scan the southern sky, looking for transient events.