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SkyMapper creates best map of the southern sky | 14 Dec 2017

This article was originally published by ANU News as "ANU astronomers create best map of the southern sky".

Astronomers at ANU have created the most comprehensive map of the southern sky that can be viewed online by anyone around the world.

The map includes about 70,000 individual images, capturing nearly 300 million stars and galaxies.

Lead researcher Dr Christian Wolf from ANU said the map was created using SkyMapper, a 1.3-metre telescope at the ANU Siding Spring Observatory that is creating a full record of the southern sky for astronomers internationally.

"The map of the southern sky we ...

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SkyMapper Data Release 1.1 available worldwide | 13 Dec 2017

The SkyMapper team are pleased to announce that Data Release 1 has been upgraded to Data Release 1.1. DR1.1 offers a significant improvement in the homogeneity of photometric calibration across the Southern sky, with the trade-off of a slightly-reduced sky coverage. Data queries against our cone search, image cutout and TAP services will now return DR1.1 data only. DR1.0 data are still available through out TAP service - look for table names containing dr1p0.

DR1.1 has been released to the worldwide public. Astronomers all over the world are now able to download SkyMapper data via this ...

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Maintenance Period - Nov 2017 (Complete) | 27 Nov 2017

The SkyMapper ASVO services will be offline for a few days from 27 November for database maintenance. Neither the image cutouts nor catalogue queries are expected to be operational during this period.

The services are back online as of 9:30am, 29 Nov.

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News coverage of GW170817 neutron star collision | 18 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


ABC News

Canberra Times

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SkyMapper detects fireball from neutron star collision | 16 Oct 2017

This article was originally published by The Australian National University Newsroom as, "Gravitational waves detected for first time from two stars colliding".

A video describing this discovery, and the SkyMapper image of the fireball, are available in our media gallery. You can also hear about how RSAA scientists followed up the detection.

Scientists from ANU and around the world have detected for the first time ripples in space and time, known as gravitational waves, from the collision of two very dense stars, called neutron stars, about 130 million light years away.

The international team detected the gravitational waves from the ...

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