2018 News archive

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August 2018
GROWTH welcomes two new partners   View Summary
10 August 2018
GROWTH collaboration mapThe Department of Astronomy at the University of Washington (UW) and the University of Sydney, Australia officially joined the GROWTH collaboration last week. The new GROWTH partners bring wealth of expertise in large transient surveys and radio follow up observations, respectively.
July 2018
Einstein's theory of gravity tested by a star speeding past a supermassive black hole   View Summary
28 July 2018
Star Orbiting around Black HoleAstronomers have found evidence that the supermassive black hole thought to lurk at the heart of our galaxy displays the gravitational properties dictated by the general theory of relativity.
June 2018
Tara Murphy: Meet a research star   View Summary
28 June 2018
Artistic Impression Two Stars Orbiting (NASA)SIfA Prof Tara Murphy, Sydney Research Accelerator (SOAR) fellows, appears in a new documentary series that describes the life of five research stars, to find out how they balance the pressures of academic life with family and the reality of successes and failures in research.
FRB170827: remarkable time and frequency structure   View Summary
14 June 2018
MOST UTMOST has made the first ever discovery of an Fast Radio Burst (FRB) with an automated system, enabling remarkable time and frequency structures to be seen in the event. The UTMOST FRB search program is operated by Swinburne University of Technology and the University of Sydney.
SIfA student Matt Keen wins the Bok Prize 2018 for the best Honours thesis   View Summary
12 June 2018
Astronomical Society of Australia  LogoCongratulations to SIfA student Matt Keen, who has been awarded the Bok Prize by the Astronomical Society of Australia for the best Honours thesis.
May 2018
Closer To Truth with Geraint Lewis   View Summary
28 May 2018
Prof Geraint LewisSIfA Prof Geraint Lewis talks to Robert Lawrence Kuhn about the implication of fine-tuning of the Universe.
There might be only one! Is our Universe all alone?   View Summary
17 May 2018
Credit: Jaime Salcido/EAGLEA new study by Dr Luke Barnes and Prof. Geraint Lewis has cast doubt on the idea that our Universe is one of many in an immense multiverse.
When science meets art   View Summary
4 May 2018
Prof Geraint LewisAudry Journal invited leading Sydney scientists, including SIfA Professor Geraint Lewis, to discuss Lucy Kirkwood's play "The Children".
Signals from a neutron star merger that made gravitational waves are slowly fading away   View Summary
1 May 2018
Netrun Star MergingEight months ago, the detection of gravitational waves from a binary neutron star merger had us and other astronomers around the world rushing to observe one of the most energetic events in the universe.
April 2018
Galaxies grow bigger and puffier as they age: new study   View Summary
24 April 2018
Selection Sami galaxiesA new international study lead by The University of Sydney SIfA and the Australian National University (ANU) and has found that galaxies grow bigger and puffier as they age.
340,000 stars' DNA interrogated in search for Sun's lost siblings   View Summary
18 April 2018
Hermes SchematicAn Australian-led group of astronomers working with European collaborators has revealed the "DNA" of more than 340,000 stars in the Milky Way, which should help them find the siblings of the Sun, now scattered across the sky.
A flight to Europe to unravel the unknowns   View Summary
13 April 2018
ALMA LensingSIfA Prof. Geraint Lewis has just returned from an exciting journey in Europe, where he spent six weeks at European Southern Observatory (ESO) headquarters in Germany discussing gravitational lensing as part of ESO Garching Scientific Visitor Programme 2018.
Miller Professorship at Berkeley, Jan - Mar 2018    View Summary
9 April 2018
Campanile from Memorial StadiumAfter three months in San Francisco, I've barely had a chance to ponder on my time away, but here goes. For the most part, I was surprised by what I found.
March 2018
First for radio astronomers in gravitational waves breakthrough   View Summary
20 March 2018
Artistic Impression Two Stars Orbiting (NASA)The historic first detection of gravitational waves caused a media frenzy and put our radio astronomers in the spotlight. As part of the first team to pinpoint where the waves originated, they became part of the story.