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News and Updates

Tempe 2014: Early Science from Low-frequency Radio Telescopes - The MWA collaboration invites the astronomical community to share early science results from low-frequency radio telescopes. The meeting will be held at Arizona State University on December 8-10, 2014.

Extended capabilities for the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA): A Community Workshop - Join us in Sydney on October 15-16, 2014 to discuss future extensions and upgrades to the MWA telescope.

2015-A Call for Proposals - 1600 hours of observing time are available during the 2015-A semester, including with the new voltage capture system (VCS).

  • Outrigger tile about 1.5km from the core of the array, with a view of the breakaway behind it. Credit: Natasha Hurley-Walker
  • 28 April 2013: Early look at a test drift scan while commissioning the MWA. Credit: Andre Offringa and MWA Science Commissioning Team
  • Silhouette of an individual dipole. Credit: Natasha Hurley-Walker
  • 12 April 2013: First image from the full MWA! Credit: MWA Science Commissioning Team
  • Image of the nearby radio galaxy Cen A acquired by the MWA development system. Credit: Ben McKinley

The Telescope

The Murchison Widefi eld Array (MWA) is a low-frequency radio telescope operating between 80 and 300 MHz. It is located at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) in Western Australia, the planned site of the future Square Kilometre Array (SKA) lowband telescope, and is one of three telescopes designated as a Precursor for the SKA. The MWA has been developed by an international collaboration, including partners from Australia, India, New Zealand, and the United States. Read more about the telescope...

The Science

The MWA is performing large surveys of the entire Southern Hemisphere sky and acquiring deep observations on targeted regions. It enables astronomers to pursue four key science objectives. The primary endeavor is the hunt for intergalactic hydrogen gas that surrounded early galaxies during the cosmological epoch of reionization. The MWA will also provide new insights into our Milky Way galaxy and its magnetic field, pulsing and exploding stellar objects, and the science of space weather that connects our Sun to the environment here on Earth. Read more about MWA science...