Welcome to the Australian Astronomical Observatory

Welcome to the Australian Astronomical Observatory

The Australian Astronomical Observatory is a division of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. We operate the Anglo-Australian and UK Schmidt telescopes on behalf of the astronomical community of Australia. To this end the Observatory is part of and is funded by the Australian Government. Its function is to provide world-class observing facilities for Australian optical astronomers.

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The AAO's Technological Achievements

The AAO develops innovative technologies and instruments for the telescopes we support, but national and international. View our Technological Achievements document here.

AAO Strategic Plan 2016-2020

The Australian Astronomical Observatory has released its strategic vision for the next five years (2016-2020).

OTW2016 Contest Winners and Summary!

The International Telescopes Support Office in conjunction with the Australian Astronomical Observatory held the 2016 ITSO/AAO Observational Techniques Workshop from Tuesday May 3 to Friday May 6, 2016 at the AAO Headquarters in North Ryde, Sydney. The workshop provided an introduction to the optical and infrared facilities available to the Australian astronomical community, and included...