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The biggest radio telescope in the world

In the past, astronomers explored the universe with their eyes and optical telescopes, but what they could see was limited. Find out how radio telescopes have revolutionised the way astronomers 'see' the universe, allowing us to explore deeper into space than ever before.Watch this clip to learn about Australia's contribution ...

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Photograph - Great Melbourne Telescope, c1870

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the Great Melbourne Telescope at Melbourne Observatory, 1870s-1880s.

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Photograph - eight-inch transit telescope, Melbourne Observatory, c1890

This is a black-and-white photograph showing the eight-inch transit telescope erected in the East Transit Room at Melbourne Observatory.

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Australia's deep space research

Did you know that Australia is home to one of the three NASA Deep Space Network facilities? Watch this clip to find out about some of the ground-breaking research on the solar system being undertaken at the Tidbinbilla facility. Discover why Australia was chosen to participate in the Deep Space Network (DSN).

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Reproduction of telescope presented by Galileo in 1609

This reproduction of Galileo's gold-decorated presentation telescope was made by the Massachusetts company of Antiques of Science and Technology in 2009. Created from leather, glass and more than 100 pieces of wood, it very precisely replicates the dimensions and materials of the original. The objective lens of the replica ...

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Birth of radio astronomy

Did you know that some of the most ground-breaking scientific discoveries were made by chance (serendipity)? Discover the link between static on a telephone line and the invention of the radio telescope that has helped scientists find new clues to the origin of the universe.

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Gamma rays and space balloons

Have you ever wondered how scientists know so much about the universe when it's too far away to see and no one has ever been there? It's not just by using telescopes based on Earth. Watch as an international team of astrophysicists and engineers attempt to launch a balloon high into the atmosphere, loaded with expensive ...

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Square Kilometre Array (SKA), 2011

Find out about Australia's super science project - the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). Listen to astronomy experts discuss Australia's bid to be the home of the world's first SKA (telescope). See the telescope Australian scientists built to demonstrate their technological capabilities and help secure the bid. Find out what ...

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SKA to help unlock the secrets of the universe

Radio astronomy is on the verge of developing groundbreaking technology that will allow scientists to see into the furthest reaches of the universe. The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will be the most powerful radio telescope ever built. See how it has been designed and the developments that have been made so far.

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Parkes Observatory during Moonwalk, 1969

This is a black-and-white photograph of Australian and American scientists at Australia's National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Parkes, New South Wales, during the Apollo 11 Moon landing in July 1969. Four men are grouped in front of a bank of instruments and dials. From front to back are Wilson Hunter, National Aeronautics ...

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Hubble telescope: benefits and limitations

This is a website about how the Hubble telescope has contributed to advances in scientific knowledge. The website has extensive information about the development and technology of the telescope, as well as how it works and the scientific achievements made by it. There is a gallery containing 3-D images, movies and wallpapers ...

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Sites2See: Light and Matter

Links to resources to explore fundamental questions about light and matter and the application of the physics of light and matter to the past, the future and to space. Includes a quick quiz, links to additional DEC NSW physics resources and to the International Science School at the University of Sydney.

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Laptop wrap: Under universal skies

A webpage with a focus on the electromagnetic spectrum and its links with radio astronomy with supporting activities and links to resources.

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Space storms

This 11 minute video segment from Catalyst explains how the sun can impact on Earth's power grid and satellite communications. This program also describes recent technology to study the sun and understand the causes of coronal mass ejections.

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Sites2See: Astronomy for secondary

A small galaxy of sites and resources, starting with Galileo's discoveries. Includes interviews and masterclasses with Australian astronomers, task-based laptop wraps, and images from NASA and Astro-photographer David Malin.

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Space telescopes and servicing Hubble

This radio interview gives examples of how improvements in technology have influenced astronomy. The Space Shuttle Atlantis is paying a service call to the Hubble Space Telescope, repairing, replacing and deploying new equipment. Jonathan Nally describes the mission and looks at other large telescopes in orbit now, and ...

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Fred Watson Masterclass

Fred Watson has been Astronomer-in-Charge at the Anglo-Australian Observatory (AAO) since 1995, pioneered work on optical fibres used optical telescopes and has had a long and entertaining scientific career. In this Masterclass, filmed at University of Western Sydney (UWS) Observatory, Fred Watson presents his ?Stargaze? ...

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Sites2See: Astronomy for primary

A small galaxy of sites and resources, from Galileo making discoveries that changed our view of the universe, to new images and understandings from Hubble, on a page tailored for Primary students.

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Science Futures: teacher guide

This teacher guide provides an overview of a unit of work on the future of science with an emphasis on the nature of science, emerging technologies and potential applications, and the development of science literacy including science in the media, science innovators and political policy. Designed as a culminating unit in ...

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Science Futures: student guide

This students guide focuses on three main themes: the nature of the Universe and space; the future of science and new technologies; and science literacy in the modern world. This resource contains different parts or chapters, each with information, images and diagrams, inquiry activities, discussion questions, and links ...