Welcome to SKA


Australia and New Zealand SKA project

The Square Kilometre Array, or SKA, is a global next-generation radio telescope project involving institutions from over 20 countries. The SKA will be the largest and most capable radio telescope ever constructed. During its 50+ year lifetime, it will expand our understanding of the universe and drive technological development worldwide. Australia and southern Africa will each host different SKA components.

December 2016

It’s been a busy few months with plenty of exciting new activity in the project. In November, we were proud to launch the Australian SKA Fellowships program. The program enables Australia-based scientists and engineers to spend up to four months in the UK contributing to SKA delivery at the SKA Headquarters. Congratulations to all four recipients of the first round of fellowships, the first two of which have already commenced work at the SKA HQ. More...



Follow the Australian SKA Office on Twitter


The Australian Square Kilometre Array Twitter page aims to provide you with the latest information on the SKA project and its Australian stakeholders. Through it you can engage with international partners, astronomers, researchers, industry members, and the general public in an online conversation about this transformational project.




March 2017 SKA-Low Meeting


The second call has gone out for the 'Realising SKA-­Low: new technologies & techniques for imaging and calibration of low frequency arrays’ conference to be held in Perth on 29-31 March 2017.

A large body of knowledge has been accumulated in the field of low frequency radio astronomy in recent years. The conference is to share this information and assess how lessons learned from the SKA pathfinders and precursors and other low frequency arrays can inform the final design of SKA-Low.

The program will be a mix of invited and contributed papers. A draft program is available here.



News and Updates

Featured News


SKA Pre-construction Grants Program: Round 2 Open


Round 2 of the Australian SKA Pre-Construction Grants Program was launched on the 14th of February 2017, with applications due to close 14th March 2017. Find out more about the program here


SKA Featured in Australian Financial Review



The Australian Financial Review has published an article on the SKA after a visit to the site in Western Australia. The article discusses the challenges of building a large-scale project as well as the organisations, people and science behind its development.

You can read the full article here.  

Local wildlife exploring the Murchison Widefield Array.
   Credit: Trevor Collens

Minor Planet Named Bernardbowen


Founding chair of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), Dr Bernard Bowen, has been honoured for his scientific accomplishments by having a minor planet named after him. He was instrumental in establishing ICRAR in 2009, an important milestone in bringing part of the Square Kilometre Array telescope to Western Australia. He is renowned as one of Australia's finest science administrators.

An image showing the orbit of Minor Planet Bernardbowen. Credit: IAU


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