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The principal goal of the astronomy and astrophysics group is to conduct world-class research using leading radio astronomical instrumentation and supercomputing facilities. The research program focusses on the development and capabilities of the next generation of radio telescopes such as ASKAP, MWA and the SKA. The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a radio telescope of unprecedented sensitivity, capable of seeing the early stages of the formation of galaxies, stars and planets, and undertaking powerful tests of General Relativity. The Murchison Radio-Astronomy Observatory (MRO), in the Midwest region of Western Australia, is one of two sites (the other being in South Africa) selected to host the SKA. Construction is due to commence in 2016.

The group belongs to the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), a joint venture between Curtin University and UWA, with headquarters at UWA's Ken and Julie Michael Building on Fairway, and the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), with headquarters at the University of Sydney. The group also works alongside researchers from the School of Physics and iVEC@UWA.

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