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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.jpgAugust 2015: Australia continues to contribute strongly towards establishing a construction-ready site, an agreed telescope design and the development of an SKA Treaty between partner countries.

The pathfinder telescopes at Australia’s site have been extremely busy over recent months, featuring in the media for accomplishments including the detection of a 5 billion year-old signal, the sale of PAF receiver technology and the planned 10-fold upgrade of the MWA telescope. More...



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India joins SKA Organisation

SiginingPhoto21.jpgThe Indian Government has signed the SKA Membership Agreement, taking India from Associate Member to Member of the SKA Organisation. SKA Director General Professor Phil Diamond and Indian Secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy Dr R. K. Sinha signed documents on Monday 5 October in Mumbai, India.

Read more about India's membership at the SKA Organisation website.


Australia-China stars shine brightly at ACAMAR launch


Nobel Laureate and ANU Professor of Physics Brian Schmidt  has received a rock star-like welcome in China, presenting to packed university auditoriums and launching the latest Australia-China astronomy collaboration. Following a series of highly successful lectures, Professor Schmidt officially launched the Australia-ChinA ConsortiuM for Astrophysical Research (ACAMAR) on 12 September 2015. Named after a bright star visible from both China and Australia, ACAMAR will see China and Australia further cooperate in areas of astronomy including infrastructure and human capital development.

Read more about Professor Schmidt's China visit.


SKA Science Book - "Advancing Astrophysics with the SKA" Released

The international SKA Organisation has released its broad science case for the SKA telescope in a two volume physical book "Advancing Astrophysics with the SKA" which is also available online. With 135 chapters and over 2000 pages, the book explores all planned science activities of the SKA.  

Read more about "Advancing Astrophysics with the SKA" on the international SKA Organisation website.


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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