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Feb

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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13
Dec

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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16
Aug

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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22
Mar

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
09
Nov

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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30
Jun

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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02
Jun

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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13
Apr

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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05
Mar

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
17
Sep

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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