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Aurora Australis lights up the skies

Laura Goodall posted in on March 19th, 2015.

A magnificent light display – known as the Southern Lights or Aurora Australis – was visible even as far north as Australia on Tuesday night, with the best vantage being in the lower half of the South Island. The curtains and swirls of red, pink and green light are only seen in a few countries nearest […]

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NZ scientists explore origins of cosmic rays

John Kerr posted in on April 19th, 2012.

Buried more than 2 kilometers deep in the ice under the South Pole, the IceCube neutrino detector seems like an unlikely place to find a window to the universe. But with the help of some Kiwi scientists, the IceCube and the tiny “ghostly” particles it detects are revealing the sources of high energy cosmic rays […]

Astrophysicists awarded Nobel Prize

John Kerr posted in on October 5th, 2011.

The Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to a group of astronomers whose research revealed that the universe is expanding at an increasing rate. The Nobel Prize in Physics 2011 was awarded “for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae” with one half to Saul Perlmutter and […]

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Kiwis’ ‘Rogue’ planets capture otherworldy attention

John Kerr posted in on May 19th, 2011.

New Zealand astronomers and astrophysicists have helped identify a collection of Jupiter-sized free-floating planets that do not orbit stars, but instead drift through space. This first-of-its-kind discovery has captured the attention of the news media. The discovery of the exoplanets differs from those observed in the last 15 years, as these lonely planets are not […]

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