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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.

Australian SKA Project Director Update  

LuchettiHP.jpgMay 2015: It is my pleasure to provide this first update in my role as Australian SKA Project Director, recently passed on to me by Professor Brian Boyle. I wish to thank Brian for his enormous contribution to the SKA over many years – his expertise, enthusiasm and drive will be hard to replace.

Australia, along with the United Kingdom, South Africa, Italy, and the Netherlands, has recently signed a Letter of Intent confirming our commitment to engage in intergovernmental negotiations to advance the project. More...


Farewell to Professor Brian Boyle


The Australian SKA Office is sad to say goodbye to Professor Brian Boyle who has recently finished up as Australian SKA Project Director to take up a role at the University of New South Wales. Brian has made a significant contribution to the SKA over many years and has been a key figure in Australia’s astronomy community for even longer. More...



News and Updates

Latest Update

The SKA project inspires new Indigenous art

For several years, artists from the Yamaji Art Centre in Geraldton, WA, have been creating artworks based on a fusion of traditional stories about the night sky and the cutting edge science of the SKA project. This has become possible because of the special relationship that has developed between artists and SKA scientists. 

Inspired by what they heard from the scientists and things they saw through telescopes, the artists have produced an impressive range of new paintings. This project has been captured in a short video showcasing some of the artworks and the traditional Indigenous stories that inspired them. The stories are narrated by some of the Yamaji artists themselves.

Find more information here.



Featured News

SKA permanent headquarters selected

After thoughtful consideration, SKA Members have selected the current headquarter site at Jodrell Bank, near Manchester UK, as the permanent location of the SKA Organisation's international headquarters. A competitive headquarters proposal was also submitted by Italy, backed by strong support from the Italian government and research institutions, which are of key value to the project.

Read the full press release from the SKA Organisation.


The Australian SKA Office has a new Twitter account!

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Twitter page aims to provide you with the latest updates, multimedia and communications about the SKA project and its Australian stakeholders, and the opportunity to connect international partners, astronomers, researchers, industry members and the general public in an online conversation about this transformational project.



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