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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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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Agreement signed to build MAVIS, an Australian-led instrumentation project aiming to see further than the Hubble Space Telescope

An agreement has been signed by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and representatives of an international consortium, led by Australian Astronomical Optics (AAO), to begin construction of the MAVIS instrument for use on ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT). The MAVIS Consortium is being led by the Australian National...
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Call for expressions of interest from international groups to engage with the AAT

The Anglo-Australian Telescope (AAT) Consortium is currently seeking expressions of interest from international groups to engage with the AAT facility through pay-for-access arrangements from July 2022. 
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Sixth mirror cast for the Giant Magellan Telescope

The GMTO Corporation have announced the fabrication of the sixth of seven mirrors for the future Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT).
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Giant Magellan Telescope

Major NSF grant announced for the GMT project

AAL is delighted by the recent announcement of a US $17.5M grant, awarded to the GMTO Corporation by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The GMTO Corporation is the organisation responsible for the development and operation of the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) project, currently under construction at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. When complete, the...
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AAL is delighted to be awarded $2M towards the establishment of the Gravitational Wave Data Centre

AAL thanks the Australian Government for $2M of new funding towards the establishment of an Australian Gravitational Wave Data Centre. The funding, made available through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), will enhance Australia's position as a world leader in data-intensive gravitational wave research. 
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The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA)

Data and computing for radio astronomy to be given a two million dollar boost by Pawsey and HPE

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Perth will soon get a huge data processing boost from a new 78-node cluster to be provided by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE).   The new cluster will provide astronomers with a dedicated system to process over 30 petabytes (PB) of data from the Murchison Widefield...
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