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.

May 2017

I recently attended the OzSKA 3 meeting in Sydney, a two-day update to Australia’s astronomical community on progress towards the SKA. I left the meeting impressed by the breadth of Australia’s SKA effort and inspired by the major scientific breakthroughs the SKA will make possible. 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.








News and Updates



Ministers visit SKA site


On Wednesday 2 August 2017 the Australian and West Australian Science Ministers toured the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) to learn about Australia’s preparations for the SKA telescope. During the visit, the Ministers learned about the Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope, the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) and the SKA low-frequency test array recently deployed on site. They also toured the MRO Control Building and the on-site off-grid power station.

Read the full story and see photos from the visit here.


CNET showcases the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory

As part of CNET’s innovation series called “The Smartest Stuff”, journalist Michelle Starr visited the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) and toured the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder and Murchison Widefield Array telescopes. Read the article here to find out more about the trip, and intriguing stories of the unexpected challenges faced by the engineers and scientists as they built the MRO’s infrastructure.

In addition to the article, you can also see photos from the visit here.









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