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
Jun 6, 2017
Updated Dec 13, 2017
2.1 billion detections
Matched against 2MASS,
AllWISE, APASS, Gaia,
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.
Featured Publication: A Record-Setting Ancient Star | 14 Oct 2019
An Australian-led team has used SkyMapper to find the star with the least amount of iron ever detected. "This incredibly anaemic star has iron levels 1.5 million times lower than that of the Sun," said lead author Dr. Thomas Nordlander from the Research School of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the Australian National University.
The miniscule amount of iron indicates that the star was born just one generation after the very first stars in the Galaxy. The first stars are expected to have been massive and short-lived, so it is unlikely that any have survived to the present day ...