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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...



News and Updates

Latest Update

Visit to Australia's SKA site coincides with the commencement of treaty negotiations

Mrs_Andrews_at_SKA_site.jpgParliamentary Secretary for Industry and Science Karen Andrews paid a visit to Australia's SKA site in July 2015, along with the WA Chief Scientist Peter Klinken, a selection of Australia’s top astronomers, government officials and media representatives. The visiting party visited the ASKAP and MWA telescopes constructed and operating at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, and toured support buildings and infrastructure.

Read the full update at SKA Australia Updates or Karen Andrews' media release, and find out more about Mrs Andrews' views on the project at the Guardian Australia.

Photo: Parliamentary Secretary Karen Andrews at the Australian SKA Pathfinder telescope.



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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