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

DR1

Jun 6, 2017

20,200 deg2
318,784,195 objects
67,889 exposures
2.3 billion detections
Matched against 2MASS,
AllWISE, APASS, Gaia,
GALEX, Pan-STARRS1,
and UCAC4

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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.


Latest News

News coverage of GW170817 neutron star collision | 19 Oct 2017

The first-ever detection of the merger of a pair of compact neutron stars has garnered worldwide media attention. This is a non-exhaustive list of some of the new articles covering SkyMapper and Australian involvement in the discovery.

The Australian National University

CAASTRO

ABC News

Canberra Times

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The SkyMapper project and ASVO node have received funding and support from the following organisations: