News

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Apr

New Director and Staff at AAL

AAL welcomes new AAL Board Director, Dr Sarah Pearce, after her appointment by the AAL Members at our 2018 AGM. Sarah is Deputy Director of CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science, and is involved in both the Square Kilometre Array and the newly formed Australian Space Agency. AAL also congratulate...
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10
Mar

ESO Users Committee Update October 2018

by Caroline Foster Dear fellow Australian astronomers, This is an update from your Users Committee (UC) representative. My role is to represent Australian ESO users and act as the capillary link between ESO and the Australian community.  The ESO Users Committee met in April (UC42) to receive an...
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07
Mar

Australian Astronomical Optics (AAO)

AAL is delighted to be partnering with Macquarie University, the Australian National University and the University of Sydney, to form Australian Astronomical Optics (AAO) – a collaborative national capability in optical instrumentation. The combined capability will strengthen Australia’s bids for large international contracts at leading observatories world-wide. AAL...
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08
Feb

ESO Community Days

Following the signing of the Strategic Partnership agreement between the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the Australian government on 11 July 2017, Australian-based astronomers will be eligible to apply for observing time on the facilities of the La Silla Paranal Observatories in Chile commencing with Period 101 (1...
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08
Feb

Call for Australian Subaru Proposals in Semester 2018A

Proposals for Australian time on the Subaru 8.2m telescope on Mauna Kea in Semester 2018A (1 Feb – 31 July 2018) are due by 1:00pm AEST, Thursday 7 September 2017. The Subaru 8.2 metre telescope located on the summit of Mauna Kea in Hawaii is operated by the...
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03
Feb

NACO Young Exoplanet Search with Kernel-Phase

by Mike Ireland Period 102 is the last even period for NACO, which has a unique L’ capability. Recent work shows that it is possible to obtain very high contrast in the L’ filter without an aperture mask, using Kernel-phase. I am considering an eps Cha association proposal...
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04
Dec

AAL invites applications for observer at meetings of the Magellan Scientific Advisory Committee

Astronomy Australia Ltd (AAL) is inviting applications from suitably qualified Australian-based astronomers to represent Australia as an observer at meetings of the Magellan Scientific Advisory Committee. Applications close at 5pm AEST Monday 1st May 2017. Further details can be found on our website: http://astronomyaustralia.org.au/advertisments/197-advertisements
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07
Nov

Official Signing Ceremony of the Australia-ESO Strategic Partnership

This morning, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, the Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, and Professor Tim de Zeeuw, the Director-General of the European Southern Observatory, signed the arrangement to allow Australia to enter into a partnership with ESO. The event was officiated by the Vice-Chancellor of...
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05
Sep

Australia ESO Strategic Partnership

The Australian Government committed $26.1 million to enable Australia to enter an agreement with ESO from 2018 to maintain Australia’s optical astronomical research that helps to advance humanity’s understanding of the Universe. The commitment also includes ongoing average funding of $12 million a year until 2027-28. ANU, Astronomy...
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08
Jul

AST3-2 Antarctic Telescope

Approximately 15TB of AST3-2 optical g-band raw image data obtained with the Chinese AST3-2 telescope during 2016 has been made available through the University of New South Wales. AST3-2 is a 0.5m aperture optical telescope located at Dome A in Antarctica and partly funding By the Australian Government’s National...
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