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In this issue:
ICRAR PhD Candidate Florian Beutler has produced one of the most accurate measurements ever made of how fast the Universe is expanding. Florian's work was published last week in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
International SKA Forum
Recently the last International SKA forum before the site decision was held in Banff, Canada. The forum was the last opportunity for the prospective sites (Australia/New Zealand and Southern Africa) to present their vision for the SKA. ICRAR's Professor Steven Tingay spoke as part of the anzSKA talk on the 'Big Picture' of the SKA in Australia and New Zealand. Other ICRAR staff including, Director Professor Peter Quinn, were also at the forum promoting the anzSKA bid. Read more about the forum in the international SKA update below.
Research published in the Astrophysical Journal this month gives astronomers new insight into how our Galaxy may have formed. The Milky Way has a history of devouring smaller neighbouring galaxies that get too close - one such incident, the focus of this recent work, could be responsible for the shape of our Galaxy.
Other ICRAR News:
ICRAR has gained new staff members since the last edition of our eNewsletter. We wish them all a warm welcome to ICRAR.
Dr James Miller-Jones is studying the powerful jets of plasma launched by low-mass black holes within the Milky Way, aiming to understand how they work. He hopes this will provide new insights into the workings of supermassive black holes in distant galaxies.
National SKA News
anzSKA Newsletter 31 is now available, including general, science, industry, regional and outreach news from the SKA in Australia and New Zealand.
A news update from the SKA Program Development Office (SPDO)
The SKA project office has unveiled the site selection process, including a timeline. The countdown is now on to February 2012 when the SKA site decision will be announced!
ICRAR Education Update
At the recent Australian Astronomical Society (ASA) meeting in Adelaide South Australia, ICRAR students performed extremely well in the presentation and poster competitions. Out of over 100 postgraduate students registered at the meeting, ICRAR students took home over half the prizes!
Deputy Director Professor Steven Tingay turned into a Cosmos Magazine blogger for the recent SKA forum and meetings in Banff, Canada. The last forum before the site decision is made, it made for an important week of international discussion and presentations.
Discover SKA wrapped up
The Discover SKA outreach period ended in June after hundreds of events across Australia and New Zealand celebrating and informing on the SKA. ICRAR played a major role in the success of the Discover SKA program, with almost a third of events involving ICRAR staff! However, this doesn't mean an end to great radio astronomy activities, see the ICRAR events page for details of upcoming events, including Curtin University and The University of Western Australia open days, which will feature ICRAR researchers.
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