On Friday the 25th of May, the International SKA Organisation announced that the SKA would be shared between Australia and Southern Africa. Read more about the announcement and what happened in the online version of our news release.
ICRAR has been working towards the SKA since we were launched in 2009, and even though that hard work has only just begun we're taking some time to celebrate the SKA having a home!
We'll be spreading the excitement of the SKA as far as possible in the coming weeks, we'd love to see you at one of our events:
ICRAR's astronomers, along with the fantastic amateurs from the Astronomical Group of WA (AGWA) and the Geraldton Astronomy Group, will be bringing telescopes out to you over the next week. Look out for them on Saturday evening at the South Perth Foreshore - right near the Mends St jetty and various other locations over the week. If you like our Facebook page, or follow us on Twitter (@icrar), you'll be updated with specific locations.
We'll answer all the questions you can think of about the SKA, and a few more besides, in an online series of talks. A new talk will be available every evening starting Monday the 28th of May. We'll post a link to them here as well as on our Facebook and Twitter as soon as they're available. Topics will include:
If we didn't manage to answer all your questions in our video talks, this one is for you! Professor Peter Quinn, ICRAR Director, will give a talk at Horizon - the Planetarium at Scitech in Perth on Thursday the 7th of June. It'll include lots of time for all your questions about the SKA and what this means for Australia and WA. More details and RSVP instructions at the Scitech Website.
There are some great images of the SKA, the Western Australian SKA Site (The Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory) and the two Precursor telescopes that are in Australia (ASKAP and the MWA). Check out the links below for details.
The below image galleries include some amazing panoramas from a trip last year to the MRO. For more recent pictures of the MRO, MWA and ASKAP, check out ICRAR's Flickr. Selected photos can be downloaded for use elsewhere from our Flickr - just make sure to credit them as described.
Located in the mid-west of Australia, the MRO is one of the most radio quiet places on Earth. A perfect location for a radio observatory, the pristine radio quietness of the site is protected by its remote location and legislation.
CSIRO led ASKAP will be a world class radio telescope, with 36 radio dish antennas, each 12 metres across and 4 stories high. Currently under construction in the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in Western Australia, ASKAP is already providing astronomers with ground-breaking results.
The Murchison Widefield Array is an innovative radio telescope, with no moving parts and very little impact on the environment. Currently under construction in the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, the MWA will consist of over 2000 individual antennas when completed.
What will the SKA reveal about the Universe? Hear about the key science planned for the SKA. Credit: SKA Program Development Office and Swinburne Astronomy Productions.
To download the SKA animations, see the International SKA website.
MWA video with a voiceover produced by CAASTRO.