Square Kilometre Array to come to Australia!

Artist's impression of the SKA dishes by night.

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:

Win a telescope

Telescope Giveaway

Thanks to BTOW and Skywatcher Telescopes we have a neat 8" Collapsible Dobsonian Telescope to give away.  It's very easy to enter - like our Facebook page and follow the instructions there.

Guerrilla Astronomy - showing up in WA where you least expect them

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. 

Online Talks

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:

  • General SKA
  • Why the SKA is spread out over an entire continent
  • Computing challenges facing the SKA
  • Engineering for the SKA
  • The Murchison Widefield Array
  • What it's like to be an astronomer
  • theSkyNet 


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.

ICRAR Galleries

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.

Photography by Paul Bourke and Jonathan Knispel. Supported by WASP (UWA), iVEC, ICRAR, and CSIRO.The Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO)

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.   

Photography by Paul Bourke and Jonathan Knispel. Supported by WASP (UWA), iVEC, ICRAR, and CSIRO.The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP)

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.

Photography by Paul Bourke and Jonathan Knispel. Supported by WASP (UWA), iVEC, ICRAR, and CSIRO.The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA)

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.


Other Image Galleries


Discover SKA

International SKA Flythrough (Computer simulated)

Video credit: Swinburne Astronomy Productions and the SPDO.

Science with the SKA

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.

Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) Flythrough

MWA video with a voiceover produced by CAASTRO.

More ICRAR videos.

More videos from anzSKA.

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