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


MWA Completes Technicolour Radio Survey of the Sky


The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) has produced one of the largest radio surveys of the sky ever.

The GaLactic and Extragalactic All-sky MWA, or ‘GLEAM’ survey is a large-scale, high resolution survey of the sky. GLEAM will be used to explore remnants of explosions from ancient stars, the beginning and end of supermassive black holes, and what happens when clusters of galaxies collide. While previous radio surveys have been performed in a narrow frequency band, GLEAM has observed the sky across a much wider band. By viewing such an exceptionally broad spectrum of ‘radio colours’, astronomers will be able to discern and explore new features of the sky.

As well as being an extremely valuable resource for scientists, completion of the GLEAM survey is a big step towards SKA-Low. Lessons learned from the survey will help fine-tune the development of SKA-Low which will be capable of making even deeper observations into the universe. You can read more about the survey here.


A ‘radio colour’ view of the sky above a ‘tile’ of the MWA. Credit: Radio image by Natasha Hurley-Walker (ICRAR/Curtin) and the GLEAM Team. MWA tile and landscape by Dr John Goldsmith / Celestial Visions.



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