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International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research

In this issue:

Astrofest a smash hit 
The sky is falling and it's raining Petabytes! 
Giant cosmic tails point to a recent marriage
Radio astronomy strengthens ties between Australia and Asia 
Roaming student returns
Public Lecture: Island Universes
Supercomputer to boost SKA chances
Aboriginal astronomy at Scifest Africa
Astronomer Interview:Professor Andreas Wicenec 
National SKA News:
anzSKA Newsletter 30 available
International SKA News:
News from the SPDO 
Next step for the SKA
SKA April Newsletter
ICRAR Education Update:
Cosmology 101
Discover SKA events
Science Awareness in Geraldton 
Aspire to Astronomy
De Laeter Scholarship for ICRAR PhD candidate


Astrofest a smash hit

ImageMarch 12th saw over 3,000 people visit Curtin Stadium on the Curtin University campus for Astrofest.  Coordinated by ICRAR for the Astronomy WA collective and supported by astronomy and science communication organisations from WA, Astrofest was a great success.  Look out for the next Astrofest coming in 2012.  Watch a video created by an enthusiastic attendee

The sky is falling and it's raining Petabytes!

The European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT)Describing the stereotypical astronomer of yesteryear might stir thoughts of a patient soul endlessly gazing skywards searching for a faint glimmer that might lead to a discovery. But for the astronomers of tomorrow this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Giant cosmic tails point to a recent marriage

The Large and Small Magellanic CloudsICRAR astronomers have shown that our nearest galactic neighbours, the Magellanic Clouds, became entangled in a cosmic dance over the past few billion years, with a dramatic close encounter around 1.2 billion years ago. 

Radio astronomy strengthens ties between Australia and Asia

The SKARadio astronomy researchers from the Asia-Oceania region met in Perth last week to discuss the latest advances and scientific benefits of the Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI).

Roaming student returns

ImageFollowing completion of a two-year secondment to the SKA Project Headquarters (SPDO) in Manchester UK, ICRAR PhD candidate Phil Crosby has returned to CSIRO’s Astronomy and Space Science Division (CASS) in Sydney.

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.

  • Katie Lau, Administrative Assistant (CAASTRO)
  • A/Prof Chen Wu, Research Associate Professor (ICT)
  • Shin Kee Chung, Research Associate (CAASTRO)

Researcher Interview: Professor Andreas Wicenec

ImageProfessor Andreas Wicenec is ICRAR's ICT program head. Coming from an astronomy background, but always with an ICT bent, Andrea's role goal is to ensure ICRAR's research has the computing and network capacity that it needs, whilst also conducting research and development of his own.  Read about how he believes we will meet the challeneges of the SKA and what he enjoys about working for ICRAR.

National SKA News

anzSKA Newsletter 30 is now available, including general, science, industry, regional and outreach news from the SKA in Australia and New Zealand. 

International SKA News

A news update from the SKA Program Development Office (SPDO)

Next step for the SKA

The International SKA Project has taken the next step towards construction by establishing a founding board and choosing a location for the new SKA Project Office.

SKA April Newsletter

The new look SKA Newsletter is launched with the April edition.  It includes news from the SPDO, site characterisation and SKA news from around the world.  Download the April newsletter (pdf, 3.5MB).

ICRAR Education Update

Cosmology 101

Dr Alan Duffy presenting Cosmology 101Cosmology is a large and complex area of astronomy that attempts to answer the big questions about our Universe.  ICRAR's Dr Alan Duffy has been hosting teacher professional development sessions in March and April aiming to provide an introduction to the concepts of cosmology and to assist with teaching about the Universe. Watch his presentation or download a pdf version at the link.

Discover SKA Events

ImageDiscover SKA, the world's biggest telescope has officially kicked off. You can find a Discover SKA event in your area at the website, or download a 'build your own SKA dish' worksheet, the Discover SKA brochure or a factsheet for kids. 

ICRAR is holding many Discover SKA events during May and June, see our events page for more details.   We hope to see you at an event soon so we can help you learn more about the SKA and why it might be built in Australia. 

Other Education news:

For more astronomy news visit the Astronomy WA website

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