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The SKA is on the horizon, but how do we get from here to there? The SKA is on the horizon, but how do we get from here to there? Pete Wheeler, ICRAR

Aspiration vs delivery: the long road to the Square Kilometre Array

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope has been on the cards since the early 1990s. It took until May of last year to find out where it will be built – in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand…
ASKAP will help scientists to tackle some of the biggest questions in radio astronomy. ASKAP will help scientists to tackle some of the biggest questions in radio astronomy. Alex Cherney

CSIRO launches the ASKAP telescope – and a new chapter for radio astronomy begins

Today, after several years of design and construction, CSIRO’s Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) is officially open. The A$140m facility, built in the remote Murchison Shire of Western…
Ingenious innovation of the ancient world does not cease to amaze. Ingenious innovation of the ancient world does not cease to amaze. Tilemahos Efthimiadis

Antikythera to the SKA: lessons from the ancients

Modern humans may think they are clever, and each generation typically thinks it’s more intelligent than those that came before. Hence, it can be a shock to discover civilisations existing thousands of…
Advanced computational skills are required for day-to-day work in most areas of modern science. Advanced computational skills are required for day-to-day work in most areas of modern science. kodomut

How to teach science and computing in the age of big data

Earlier this week, Senator Chris Evans announced A$5 million worth of science communication grants for 63 projects as part of the Unlocking Australia’s Potential program. We were successful in getting…
Everyone’s getting a slice of the SKA, whichever way you cut it. Everyone’s getting a slice of the SKA, whichever way you cut it. swishphotos

Science vs politics in the SKA decision: the winner was …

Late last week, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) board chairman, John Womersley, announced that the future telescope will have more than one home: Australia/New Zealand and South Africa. The announcement…
Hosting part of the Square Kilometre Array is a victory for Africa, but much work is yet to be done. Hosting part of the Square Kilometre Array is a victory for Africa, but much work is yet to be done. EPA/SKATelescope.com

Astronomy for Africa – the SKA will lead to ‘brain gain’

On Friday, we learned that South Africa and Australia/New Zealand will jointly host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope, rather than the facility going to just one of the bids. The split-site…
SKA infrastructure will be concentrated in South Africa with some receivers to be placed in Australia and New Zealand. SKA infrastructure will be concentrated in South Africa with some receivers to be placed in Australia and New Zealand. Dr Nadeem Oozeer

Splitting the SKA – why a dual-site setup is a win for everyone

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a concept that’s been slowly growing and evolving since 1991. But last night (AEST) this ambitious project took a giant leap towards reality with the announcement of…
The Square Kilometre Array will build on existing infrastructure, such as the KAT-7 array in South Africa. The Square Kilometre Array will build on existing infrastructure, such as the KAT-7 array in South Africa. Dr Nadeem Oozeer

The Square Kilometre Array finally has a home (or two)

And so, the universe can breathe again. After a meeting of members at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport last night (AEST), the International SKA Organisation has announced that the world’s largest radio telescope…
An artist’s conception of the Square Kilometre Array … which could live in South Africa or Australia/New Zealand. An artist’s conception of the Square Kilometre Array … which could live in South Africa or Australia/New Zealand. SKA

The SKA decision has been delayed … so what are the judges looking for?

The battle for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope is heating up. The SKA board was scheduled to choose a site – South Africa or Australia and New Zealand – earlier this year but a decision…
WA’s wealth comes from underground, but the sky holds vast treasures as well. WA’s wealth comes from underground, but the sky holds vast treasures as well. WA Department of Commerce

More than mining: why Western Australia is perfect for radio astronomy and the SKA

Western Australia is world-famous for its vast mineral reserves, but if the astronomy community has its way, the state will soon be equally famous for advancing our understanding of the universe and the…
An artist’s conception of the Square Kilometre Array. An artist’s conception of the Square Kilometre Array. Swinburne Astronomy Productions/SKA Program Development Office

Australia’s bid for the Square Kilometre Array – an insider’s perspective

Australia and New Zealand could be on the brink of a major scientific coup. In roughly a month’s time, the site for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope will be announced. Australia and New…
When a black hole devours a nearby star, bright gamma-ray flashes can result. When a black hole devours a nearby star, bright gamma-ray flashes can result. Mark Garlick (University of Warwick)

Death of a star: how radio waves can capture a cosmic obituary

Some 3.8 billion years ago a star in the constellation of Draco wandered a little too close to a nearby black hole. The star was violently torn apart by the black hole’s tidal forces, creating two massive…
Are CSIRO’s ASKAP antennas in Boolardy a precursor to greater things? Are CSIRO’s ASKAP antennas in Boolardy a precursor to greater things? By Ant Schinckel, CSIRO

Hip hip hooray for the (Aussie?) Square Kilometre Array

We know a lot about what the universe looks like and how it works. But what we’ve been able to figure out about the cosmos is dwarfed by all the things we don’t know. How do galaxies, stars and planets…

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