The Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) is Australia's premier radio observatory. It will host the core of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope. The MRO also hosts other "pathfinder" telescopes, built to develop technology for the SKA.

Australian SKA Pathfinder telescope

ASKAP AntennaThe Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope is CSIRO's innovative new radio telescope. It is made of 36 identical 12-metre wide dish antennas, 12 of which are currently in operation and producing promising science.

ASKAP is equipped with innovative Phased Array Feed (PAF) receivers designed and built by CSIRO. PAF receivers provide multi-pixel images of the sky, allowing it to quickly survey large areas of the sky. This 'radio camera' is a vast improvement on existing radio telescopes. The technology helps to more easily identify changing items of interest, as well as map large scale structures in the universe. Technologies developed for ASKAP will be used in the SKA's first phase. Learn more about ASKAP at CSIRO's ASKAP page.

Murchison Widefield Array

MWA Telescope TileThe Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) is a revolutionary low-frequency telescope with no moving parts. By computing the received signals with a supercomputer, radio waves from sections of the sky are isolated. It is possible for the telescope to be shared between observers studying different parts of the sky at once. Knowledge gained from the MWA will contribute to the development of the low-frequency component of the SKA to be built at the MRO with remote stations across Australia in SKA Phase two. Learn more about the MWA at the MWA telescope homepage.





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