Australia Telescope National Facility

Australia's leading observatories for radio astronomy are used by astronomers from around the world, 24 hours a day, every day, to learn about our Universe.

  • About ATNF

    The Australia Telescope National Facility is one of the world's most advanced radio astronomy facilities, and the only one of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

  • Australia Telescope Compact Array

    The Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA), at the Paul Wild Observatory, is an array of six 22-m antennas used for radio astronomy. It is located about 25 km west of the town of Narrabri in rural NSW (about 500 km north-west of Sydney).

  • Mopra radio telescope

    Named after a nearby rock formation, Mopra radio telescope is helping us to learn about the structure of galaxies and how stars form.

  • Parkes radio telescope

    Parkes Observatory, just outside the central-west NSW town of Parkes, hosts the 64-metre Parkes radio telescope, one of the telescopes comprising CSIRO’s Australia Telescope National Facility.

  • Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder

    A world-leading telescope in its own right, our new ASKAP radio telescope is also allowing us to test technologies for the much larger Square Kilometre Array.


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