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.
SkyMapper finds fastest-growing black hole in Universe | 15 May 2018
The Australian National University's SkyMapper telescope has discovered the fastest-growing black hole known to exist in the Universe.
"This black hole is growing so rapidly that it's shining thousands of times more brightly than an entire galaxy, due to all of the gases it sucks in daily that cause lots of friction and heat," said Dr Christian Wolf from the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics.
"If we had this monster sitting at the centre of our Milky Way galaxy, it would appear 10 times brighter than a full moon. It would appear as an incredibly bright pin-point ...