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.

June 2018

It has been a busy and productive three months in the Square Kilometre Array project and I am proud of our recent accomplishments. In exciting news, negotiations for the international treaty to establish the SKA Observatory are now complete and open for initialling. A signing ceremony is planned for September/October this year, and I am looking forward to celebrating that momentous occasion. Read 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



MeerKAT launch offers glimpse into the heart of the Milky Way

16 July 2018
MeerKAT image of black hole at the centre of the Milky Way

SKA Australia congratulates our SKA Africa counterparts on Friday’s inauguration of the MeerKAT radio telescope by the Deputy President of South Africa, Mr David Mabuza and the Minister of Science and Technology Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, MP.

 The launch of South Africa’s 64-dish radio telescope is the latest milestone in the development of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the world’s largest and most powerful radio telescope. Read More


First SKA-low prototype station completed on site

25 May 2018

Congratulations to the Aperture Array Verification System (AAVS1) team on their completion of the first SKA Low prototype station. With a full station of 256 low-frequency antennas deployed, this marks a crucial engineering milestone in the SKA project.

This was part of a global effort by 12 engineering consortia and involving 500 engineers and scientists from 20 countries. Nine of the consortia focussed on telescope components, each critical to the overall success of the project, while others developed advanced instrumentation for the telescope. Read More

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. Read More

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