Australia Telescope National Facility

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Australia Telescope National Facility
LocationNew South Wales, Australia Edit this at Wikidata
Coordinates30°18′54″S 149°33′42″E / 30.315°S 149.56167°E / -30.315; 149.56167Coordinates: 30°18′54″S 149°33′42″E / 30.315°S 149.56167°E / -30.315; 149.56167 Edit this at Wikidata
TelescopesAustralia Telescope Compact Array
Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder
Mopra Telescope
Parkes Observatory Edit this on Wikidata
Australia Telescope National Facility is located in Australia
Australia Telescope National Facility
Location of Australia Telescope National Facility

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)'s radio astronomy observatories are collectively known as the Australia Telescope National Facility (ATNF), with the facility supporting Australia's research in radio astronomy.

CSIRO currently operates three observatories as part of the ATNF, near the towns of Parkes, Coonabarabran and Narrabri in New South Wales. A fourth telescope, the next generation Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) is currently being built at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in Western Australia. These telescopes can be used together as a long baseline array for use in Very Long Baseline Interferometry.

Radio telescopes included in the ATNF:


  • Lang, Kenneth (2007). "Australia Telescope National Facility". A Companion to Astronomy and Astrophysics: Chronology and Glossary with Data Tables. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 118. ISBN 978-0-387-33367-0.

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