Announcement of Opportunity: A study into an Australian Gravitational Wave Observatory

AAL is pleased to announce that it has funds to support an initial study into an Australian Gravitational Wave Observatory.
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Australian astronomers get a clearer picture of the high energy universe via eROSITA’s first all-sky survey

The first all-sky survey by the x-ray imaging telescope eROSITA has been released, yielding the largest X-ray catalogue ever published. Along with the data, a series of scientific papers were also released today, including two by Australian researchers Dr Adelle Goodwin and PhD student Silvia Mantovanini from International...
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Alt text: In this artist’s impression, three cream and pink coloured galaxies are jumbled together in the upper left corner. From this group, a bright yellow streak points towards the bottom right, where it intersects with a dot on a spiral arm of the Milky Way. The Milky Way, with a glowing white centre and blue-purple spiral arms, stands out against the black background faintly speckled with distant galaxies.

Record-breaking fast radio burst discovery highlights synergies between ESO and SKA

A global team led by Macquarie University’s Dr Stuart Ryder and Swinburne University of Technology’s Associate Professor Ryan Shannon have discovered the most distant fast radio burst ever detected, and one of the most energetic. The team determined its location and distance from Earth by using a combination...
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Major upgrade to outback telescope a resounding success

A $1 million Federal Government grant has recently enabled the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) to undergo ‘brain surgery’ – its resulting processing capability is being hailed as a significant technological achievement and feat of software engineering.
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ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT)

ESO Job Vacancies – April 2023

On behalf of ESO and the Dept of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, AAL would like to bring the following ESO job opportunities to the attention of the Australian-based astronomy community.
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ADACS gives astronomers a vital boost in their effort to make a gravitational map of the southern universe

In the era of big data, Australian astronomers have a powerful strategic advantage to help them extract insights from the immense data volumes that characterise modern astronomy.
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ESO delegation visits Australia

A delegation from the European Southern Observatory (ESO) recently visited Australia between 28 November and 2 December 2022. The delegation was led by Professor Xavier Barcons (ESO Director General) and included Professor Linda Tacconi (ESO Council President) Ms Laura Comendador Frutos (Head of Executive Office of the Director...
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Australian-based astronomers to take a deep dive into the cosmos with time awarded on one of ESO’s most powerful instruments

Two teams of astronomers led by The University of Sydney and by The University of Western Australia node of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR/UWA) have recently each been awarded substantial amounts of observing time on one of the most in-demand instruments at the European Southern...
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Giant Magellan Telescope Mirrors

The US Decadal Survey ranks the Extremely Large Telescope program as top priority

The Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) project has been given a positive boost by the recent release of the 2020 United States Decadal Survey on Astronomy and Astrophysics (Astro2020) – Pathways to Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 2020s.
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Construction approved to begin for SKA telescopes in Australia and South Africa

At a recent meeting of the SKA Observatory (SKAO) at its headquarters in the UK, the SKAO Member States formally approved the start of construction for the two SKA telescopes, to be located in Australia and South Africa. Australia's low-frequency telescope, to be known as SKA-Low, will consist...
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