ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics

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ARC Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics (or CAASTRO) is a collaboration of international astronomers dedicated to wide field astronomy. It was formally launched on 12 September 2011, at Sydney Observatory.[1]


CAASTRO aims to be an international leader in wide-field astronomy. It plans to deliver transformational new science by bringing together unique expertise in radio astronomy, optical astronomy, theoretical astrophysics and computation.[2]


CAASTRO is pursuing three interlinked scientific programmes, each of which can be addressed only with the all-sky perspective provided by wide-field telescopes:[3]


CAASTRO is an Australian initiative, led by The University of Sydney, in conjunction with the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne, the University of Western Australia, the University of Queensland, Curtin University and Swinburne University of Technology, complemented by a group of Australian and international partners. It is funded by the Australian Research Council, by the NSW Government and by the member organisations.

CAASTRO's Director is Professor Elaine Sadler from The University of Sydney, who took over from the Centre's founding Director, Professor Bryan Gaensler in September 2014.[4][5]


  1. ^ "CAASTRO: a new way of looking at the sky". The University of Sydney News. 9 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Creagh, Sunanda. "New all-sky astrophysics research centre to tackle the big questions". 
  3. ^ "CAASTRO - About CAASTRO". 
  4. ^ "Management Team". CAASTRO. 
  5. ^ "Professor Elaine Sadler announced as new CAASTRO Director". CAASTRO. 

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