Using a specially-built, 1.3-meter telescope at Siding Spring Observatory near Coonabarabran, the SkyMapper Southern Sky Survey is producing a high-fidelity digital record of the entire southern sky for Australian astronomers. Learn More →
Latest Data Release
Feb 27, 2019
4.7 billion detections
Matched against 2MASS,
AllWISE, ATLAS Refcat2,
Gaia, GALEX, Pan-STARRS1,
SkyMapper's Southern Sky Survey is led by the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Australian National University, in collaboration with seven Australian universities and the Australian Astronomical Observatory. The goal of the project is to create a deep, multi-epoch, multi-colour digital survey of the entire southern sky. This will facilitate a broad range of exciting science, including discovering the oldest stars in the Galaxy, finding new dwarf galaxies in orbit around the Milky Way, and measuring the effects of Dark Energy on the Universe through nearby supernovae.
On this site you can read about SkyMapper and its surveys, browse the latest data releases and query images and catalogues using simple forms or Virtual Observatory web services. Before downloading or publishing data we ask that you review the policies section to familiarise yourself with the authorship and protected science policies. As part of SkyMapper's status as a National Facility, Australian astronomers will typically enjoy exclusive access to each data release for 12-18 months. International astonomers are welcome to use the data after such time, or collaborate with Australian colleagues. Please contact us for more information.
Great Balls of Fire! | 30 Apr 2021
Asteroid - meteor - meteorite. Some space rocks get to be all three, but very rarely do we get to study each of those stages for a single object. The transition of the asteroid, 2018 LA, into the meteorite, "Motopi Pan", is just the second time that an asteroid has been detected in space prior to impact and then its pieces have been collected from the ground. The first was in 2008, when meteorites from the asteroid 2008 TC3 were collected from the sands of Sudan. In 2018, SkyMapper got to play a small, but important, role in the story of 2018 LA ...