Artist impression of the SKA, by Swinburne Astronomy Productions

Work towards largest telescope awarded

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

The international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) office awarded contracts to prepare for the world's largest radio telescope yesterday, marking the start of the return on Australia and WA's investment in the ambitious Square Kilometre Array.

Professor Peter Quinn

Top UWA astronomer honoured by election to technology academy

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Professor Peter Quinn, ICRAR Director and Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at The University of Western Australia is among 25 Australian researchers, technological scientists, engineering, innovation and business leaders elected today as new Fellows of the prestigious Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).

Premier Barnett announces $26m funding, with Peter Quinn (left)

WA Government invests $26M in Astronomy and the Square Kilometre Array

Friday, 16 August 2013

The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), based in Perth, Western Australia has been extended for another five years thanks to a $26M investment announced by WA Premier Colin Barnett today. The $26M from the Western Australian State Government will allow ICRAR's local activities in science and with industry to continue, but will also expand the high tech and scientific capabilities of the State.

Murchison Widefield Array Antennas

Pawsey powerhouse supercomputer crunches pre-SKA data torrent

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

High-performance computing specialists from Perth's International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) today became the first users of one of Australia's leading supercomputing facilities - the Pawsey Centre - ahead of its official opening later this year.

Jacinta Delhaize with Parkes Radio Telescope. Photo: Anita Redfern Photography

Stacking up a clearer picture of the Universe

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Researchers from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) have proven a new technique that will provide a clearer picture of the Universe's history and be used with the next generation of radio telescopes such as the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

Supernova 1987A and radio emissions. Credit: ICRAR & Hubble

Giant death star continues to reveal secrets

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

A team of astronomers led by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) has succeeded in observing the death throes of a giant star in unprecedented detail.

Mt Magnet 'Astrofest'

Starshow gives Mid West schools a sparkle

Thursday, 28 March 2013

If anyone had asked students from the Mid West what they did at school recently, they would have got an astonishing answer: weighing a galaxy.

An ICRAR telescope explores the night sky at Laverton.  Photo Natasha Moore

Midwest schools and communities get starstruck

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

WA's Midwest communities are in for a celestial treat as scientists and science communicators hit the road this month, bringing with them astronomy for all ages.

Professor Peter Quinn

UWA tops WA science awards

Friday, 12 October 2012

Scientists from The University of Western Australia have again scooped the State’s annual Science Awards with world-renowned astrophysicist Professor Peter Quinn leading the accolades as the 2012 Scientist of the Year.

The two 'exact matches' to the Milky Way system found in the survey

The Milky Way now has a twin (or two)

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Research presented today at the International Astronomical Union General Assembly in Beijing has found the first group of galaxies that is just like ours, a rare sight in the local Universe.

UWA finalists dominate WA Science Awards

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

The final round of judging for the state's annual WA Science Awards will again be dominated by researchers and projects from The University of Western Australia.

Senator Chris Evans and Professor  Robyn Owens

New supercomputer bolsters world's biggest radio telescope

Friday, 3 August 2012

Federal Minister for Science and Research Chris Evans today launched a powerful new supercomputer at The University of Western Australia - 50 years after UWA acquired its first computer, an IBM 1620, which was also WA's first digital computer.

Supercomputer launch marks 50 years of computing at UWA

Thursday, 2 August 2012

A powerful new supercomputer that will give researchers unprecedented access to parallel processing and data-intensive computing will be launched at The University of Western Australia tomorrow - 50 years after UWA acquired the state's first digital computer.

The SKA credit:  Swinburne Astronomy Productions/SPDO

Scoping the cost of the world's biggest new supercomputer

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

The world's most powerful telescope - the new Square Kilometre Array (SKA) - is likely to need the world's biggest computer to handle the incredible amount of data it will produce - and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) is working out how to do it without breaking the bank.

Gearing up for data deluge from world's biggest radio telescope

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

The amount of computer data generated by the entire world in a whole year will need to be stored in a single day for the world's most powerful telescope - the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) - and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) is gearing up to meet that unprecedented need.

Associate Professor Paul Bourke

New supercomputer to help scientists reach for the stars

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

A powerful new supercomputer 10,000 times faster than an average office computer and big enough to store 2000 years of iTunes music has been successfully installed at The University of Western Australia.

UWA joins global supercomputing ranks

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Australia moves a step closer to the top ranks of global supercomputing with The University of Western Australia's purchase of the "Fornax" supercomputer, allowing scientists to explore new vistas of high-powered data-intensive research.

Scientists pitch star careers to Pilbara students

Friday, 13 May 2011

Armed with a passion for science and several large telescopes the Aspire to Astronomy team will be travelling the Pilbara over the coming fortnight introducing high school students to exciting careers in Astronomy and holding community observing nights.

Professor Alan Robson and Professor Rafael Rodrigo

UWA and Spain sign up to collaborate on major research projects

Friday, 15 April 2011

The University of Western Australia and the Spanish National Research Council have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will result in collaboration and PhD positions being offered in four broad areas of research.

Ten new super science fellowships for UWA

Friday, 9 April 2010

The University of Western Australia has been allocated 10 new Fellowships under the Australian Government's $27.2 million Super Science Fellowships scheme, aimed at attracting the world's best researchers.