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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

SKA Australia celebrates Wajarri culture in NAIDOC week

The Australian SKA Office and Australian radio astronomy community have celebrated the history, culture and achievements of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples throughout NAIDOC Week 2015. Australia's SKA community has a productive partnership with the Wajarri Yamatji people, the  traditional custodians of the land on which the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory and the Australian SKA Pathfinder and Murchison Widefield Array telescopes are situated.

On Tuesday 7 July, Secretary of the Department of Industry and Science Glenys Beauchamp launched the latest collaborative exhibition – Balagardi Barnagardi ‘Across to the other land’ – as part of NAIDOC week 2015 celebrations. This and previous exhibitions bring together Wajarri artists and SKA astronomers to inspire art at the junction of science and Indigenous culture.

Dishes by Dana Anaru featured in Balagardi Barnagardi.

Featured News

ASKAP astronomers tune into 5 billion year old galactic show

CSIRO astronomers have announced the detection of signals from a distant ancient galaxy - providing insight into galactic development, and proving the capability of the Australia's ASKAP telescope.

Using just six of ASKAP's 36 dishes, astronomers were able to clearly observe distant galaxy PKS B12740-517 - ably demonstrating one of ASKAP's roles of detecting and cataloguing many distant and as-yet unobserved galaxies and astronomical objects.

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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