An ASKAP antenna at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory. Image Credit: Ant Schinckel, CSIRO.




Welcome to Astronomy Australia Ltd

Our vision: Astronomers in Australia will have access to the best astronomical research infrastructure.

AAL strives to achieve this vision by:

  • Engaging with Australian astronomers to advance the national research infrastructure priorities of the Australian astronomy Decadal Plan;
  • Advising the Australian Government on future investments in national astronomical research infrastructure; and
  • Managing investments in national astronomical research infrastructure, as required.

Latest News

7th August 2014: We are pleased to annouce the Second Webinar of Swinburne's HPC and GPU Webinar Series: "GPU Programming for Beginners". Monday 18th August 2014, 2:30 PM (AEST). Topics to be covered: Introduction to Shared Memory Architectures;  Why use GPUs?; Introduction to CUDA C; Using CUDA on gSTAR; Programming with CUDA C (Examples). This session is designed for users with no CUDA experience, however C/C++ experience is a prerequisite. Please register (using your academic email) on:

22nd July 2014: The São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Brazil, has taken a critical step towards joining the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) project, with the Executive Board of FAPESP approving the allocation of $40M towards membership in the GMT project (see press release for further details). This is great news for Brazilian astronomers and for the GMT partners, which include ANU and AAL.

5th June 2014: CSIRO and AAL are pleased to announce that funding has been secured to enable the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) to be equipped with a total of 30 Mark II Phased Array Feeds (PAFs), six of which will be installed on the central BETA antennas that are currently fitted with Mark I PAFs.
This has been made possible through an agreement between AAL and CSIRO in which AAL is allocating $6M of NCRIS-2013 funds for ASKAP early operations and CSIRO will provide a matching contribution to construct, install and commission six additional Mark II PAFs.


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