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Winners of 2014 Student Gemini Image Contest

We are very please to announce the winners of our 2014 Schools Gemini Image Contest: Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School Astronomy Club (Melbourne) and Samuel Carbone, Trinity College (Perth).

A ring of fireworks around a nearby galactic collision

Using the 1.2m UKST, a team of astronomers has discovered the closest collisional ring around a galaxy. This very rare structure, that has been dubbed “Kathryn’s Wheel”, is quickly converting gas into stars in a massive fireworks display.

NSW Coroner releases findings on Wambelong Fire

The NSW Coroner has released his findings as to the cause and origin of the Wambelong fire in January 2013.

Dark Energy Survey Makes a Splash

The Dark Energy Survey has released numerous scientific results based on its first year of observations.

Welcome to the Australian Astronomical Observatory

The Australian Astronomical Observatory is a division of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. We operate the Anglo-Australian and UK Schmidt telescopes on behalf of the astronomical community of Australia. To this end the Observatory is part of and is funded by the Australian Government. Its function is to provide world-class observing facilities for Australian optical astronomers.

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