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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.

July 2016

The SKA has been called the ultimate Big Data project – its antennas producing a data stream several times greater than today’s entire global internet traffic. So how do you get that volume of information all the way from Australia’s remote SKA site to the supercomputers needed to process it? More..


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March 2017 SKA-Low Meeting


The ‘Realising SKA-­Low: new technologies & techniques for imaging and calibration of low frequency arrays’ conference will be held in Perth in 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 benefit the final design stages of SKA-Low.

You can read more about the event at the conference website.


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.


The First Pietro Baracchi Conference: Italo-Australian Radio Astronomy in the Era of the SKA

The First Pietro Baracchi Conference, entitled ‘Italo-Australian Radio Astronomy in the Era of the SKA’ will be held in Perth on 1-4 November 2016. The conference will bring together Italian and Australian researchers from all areas of radio astronomy to boost research collaboration between the countries.

The conference is the first in a series of meetings planned to alternate between Australia and Italy. These meetings illustrate the strong relationship between the Australian and Italian scientific communities, and our collaborative efforts on the SKA. Read more about the conference here.

Pietro Baracchi

 SKA Puts its Stamp on History


The Netherlands have issued a new stamp series immortalising the Murchison Radio Astronomy Observatory, the Australian SKA Pathfinder telescope and the soon to be constructed SKA-Low array.

The stamp series is part of a celebration of the 400 year relationship between Australia and the Netherlands, and our shared history of exploration, emigration and research - a history that continues through collaboration on the SKA.

You can read more about the stamp series here.

The new stamp sheet from The Netherlands. Credit: PostNL








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