Welcome to the Australian Astronomical Observatory

Announcing the 2016 Observational Techniques Workshop

Registration for the 2016 ITSO/AAO Observational Techniques Workshop from 3-6 May 2016 at the AAO in North Ryde, Sydney is now open.

Winners of 2014 Student Gemini Image Contest

We are very please to announce the winners of our 2014 Schools Gemini Image Contest: Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School Astronomy Club (Melbourne) and Samuel Carbone, Trinity College (Perth).

A ring of fireworks around a nearby galactic collision

Using the 1.2m UKST, a team of astronomers has discovered the closest collisional ring around a galaxy. This very rare structure, that has been dubbed “Kathryn’s Wheel”, is quickly converting gas into stars in a massive fireworks display.

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.

Please note that some content may be not where you expect it to be, or may not have been transferred from our old site yet. Please email webmaster@aao.gov.au with any errors or omissions.