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.

March 2018

I am pleased to begin this update with very exciting recent news out of the world of low-frequency radio astronomy. Regular readers of Nature (or a multitude of news outlets and social media accounts) will have seen that the signature of the first stars that formed after the big bang was detected using the EDGES instrument at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO). Congratulations to Judd Bowman’s team for completing what I understand was a highly complex survey conducted over many years. Read more..



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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



Shared Sky on display at European Commission Headquarters

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Shared Sky – the Square Kilometre Array’s indigenous astronomy art exhibition – has opened its doors at the European Commission Headquarters in Brussels. On its 8th stop across the globe, European Commissioner Carlos Moedas formally welcomed over 80 guests to the exhibition opening on Monday, as EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.

This thought-provoking and expansive exhibition brings together indigenous and local artists from Australia and South Africa, to celebrate humanity’s ancient cultural wisdom and the impressive SKA project.

“We need to inspire European citizens with Science and Art,” he said. “This deep desire from a young age to try and understand the sky is common to humanity, but also this connection between our ancestors and the sky, and the intersection between Art and Science. It’s an inspiration for the people of Europe.”

Commissioner Moedas was joined by Dr Catherine Cesarsky, Chair of the SKA Board of Directors, and representatives from Australia, Canada, China, New Zealand, and South Africa. “The collaboration for Shared Sky between peoples from different cultures and different fields echoes the international science and engineering collaboration of the SKA project – breaking down cultural barriers in pursuit of a common goal,” added Dr Cesarsky.

Shared Sky is on display at the European Commission Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium from 16 – 28 April 2018. Read more about this inspiring exhibition here.


MeerKAT publishes first scientific paper

6 April 2018
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Congratulations to the SKA Africa team on their recent scientific paper, the first using South Africa’s MeerKAT telescope. Scientists successfully observed the behaviour of rare radio magnetars, with findings published in The Astrophysical Journal. These magnetars are so rare, only four have been discovered to date.

“Well done to my colleagues in South Africa for this outstanding achievement.” Congratulated Prof. Phil Diamond, Director-General of the SKA Organisation. “This publication shows that MeerKAT is becoming ready for business. As one of the SKA precursor telescopes, this bodes well for the SKA,” he said.

This is the first publication of an astronomical discovery using data from the new MeerKAT telescope. Read the paper here.


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