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Partners in space: CSIRO and NASA celebrate its 50th anniversary

The 26th of February 2010 marks the 50th anniversary of Australia's partnership with the USA in solar system exploration. Learn more about our historic collaboration in this video. (7:08)

Creating world-class receivers: ‘hearing-aids’ for telescopes

'Receivers' are the hearing aids of a radio telescope, boosting cosmic signals by up to a million times and CSIRO's Australia Telescope National Facility tailor-makes receivers for its own telescopes and for others around the world.

Signal processing: turning ‘space whispers’ into information

Faster, wider, more often … CSIRO engineers push for Olympic excellence in the signal-processing systems they build for astronomy. CSIRO’s Astronomy and Space Science Division can design and build high-speed signal-processing systems, both digital and analogue, for radio telescopes.

Dual SKA site welcomed by CSIRO

The A$2.5 billion Square Kilometre Array radio telescope will be deployed in Australia-New Zealand, as well as South Africa, the international SKA Organisation in Manchester, UK, announced yesterday.

Reaching for the stars with ultra-precision optics (Podcast 07 Oct 2009)

In this vodcast, we examine the work of CSIRO's Australian Centre for Precision Optics (ACPO) in the development of super-sensitive light reflectors for NASA in the United States. (4:50)

The Dish turns 45 (Podcast 05 Dec 2006)

Dr John Reynolds discusses the Parkes radio telescope and its place in Australia’s history in this seven-minute podcast. (6:41)

Dr Naomi McClure-Griffiths wins Malcolm McIntosh Prize (Podcast 17 Oct 2006)

Dr McClure-Griffiths discusses her research into astrophysics, which has seen her awarded the Malcolm McIntosh Prize, in this five-minute podcast. (5:17)

Networks create world telescope in real-time (Podcast 04 Sep 2007)

Dr Tasso Tzioumis from CSIRO’s Australia Telescope National Facility describes how scientists are linking telescopes around the world in real-time. (6:18)

Mysterious energy burst detected at Parkes radio telescope (Podcast 28 Sep 2007)

Dr John Reynolds, astronomer at CSIRO's Parkes Observatory, talks about a huge burst of radio energy detected in the distant universe. (3:40)

Strange star stumps astronomers (Podcast 19 May 2008)

It’s obese and yet speedy...find out why this pulsar has astronomers scratching their heads. In this podcast, Dr David Champion describes the star...and theories on why it’s such astronomical oddball.. (5:13)

CSIRO kicks off the International Year of Astronomy (Podcast 22 Jan 2009)

The International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009), was officially launched on January 15, 2009, with an almost non-stop, 33-hour worldwide observing marathon led by two of CSIRO’s radio telescopes. (3:26)

Surviving space radiation (Podcast 11 Jun 2009)

Space radiation is one of the main health hazards of spaceflight because it has sufficient energy to change or break DNA molecules, which can damage or kill a cell. (5:45)

Texan students get their hands on 'The Dish' (Podcast 12 Apr 2007)

The hunt for gravitational waves in space continues, with high school students from Texas becoming the first people to operate 'The Dish' remotely. (4:18)

Galaxy reveals its dark heart (Podcast 07 Jul 2009)

CSIRO astronomers have revealed the hidden face of an enormous galaxy called Centaurus A, which emits a radio glow covering an area 200 times bigger than the full Moon. (4:57)

Live from the moon: the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 (Podcast 17 Jul 2009)

In Australia, July 21 2009, marks the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, so in this special edition podcast we'll revisit CSIRO's involvement in delivering those famous images of Neil Armstrong's 'one small step for (a) man' to the world. (13:26)

Super-fast chips boost telescope’s power

Recent changes to CSIRO’s Australia Telescope have made one of the world’s most advanced radio telescopes even more powerful. CSIRO has boosted the power of its Australia Telescope through chips made of an advanced semiconductor material, indium phosphide.

Radio astronomy: seeing the invisible universe

Radio astronomers collect and process radio waves to make pictures of objects in space. Stars, galaxies and gas clouds emit not only visible light but also radio waves, gamma rays, X-rays, and infrared radiation. Radio astronomers collect and process radio waves to make pictures of objects in space.

Measuring a solar explosion

In this video Mr David Brodrick discusses how his radio astronomy antenna helped determine the size of the largest solar flare yet recorded. (6:00)

The hunt for ultra-high-energy neutrinos

CSIRO scientists are looking for nanosecond bursts of radio waves from neutrinos interacting with the Moon's surface.

Hidden galaxies

New stars and hidden galaxies are a few of the discoveries being made by scientists searching the sky using powerful Australian telescopes as seen in this video. (2:00)

GASS in our galaxy

An international team led by CSIRO astronomers is mapping the hydrogen gas in the Milky Way in unprecedented detail. This will help them learn more about how our galaxy formed.

Dr Dick Manchester: pulsar hunter

Dr Dick Manchester is a CSIRO Federation Fellow, leading a team of astronomers that use radio telescopes to study pulsars, providing new insights into gravity and space. CSIRO’s Federation Fellow, Dr Dick Manchester leads a team of astronomers that use radio telescopes to study pulsars.

CSIRO boosts the power of the world’s biggest telescope

In the 1990s, CSIRO built a ground-breaking instrument for its own Parkes radio telescope. Now it’s built one for the world’s largest telescope. A special CSIRO imager is helping the world’s largest telescope see further and faster.

Australia Telescope Compact Array

Explore the purpose and function of the Australia Telescope Compact Array at Narrabri, New South Wales, Australia. (9:00)

Astronomy and space technologies

CSIRO research in astronomy and space technologies includes space-based hardware and ground-based systems for spacecraft and satellites, and systems to interpret astronomical signals from space. Space engineering looks at space-based hardware and ground-based systems that support or complement spacecraft and satellites.

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