Warkworth Radio Astronomical Observatory

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Warkworth Radio Observatory
LocationWarkworth, New Zealand Edit this at Wikidata
Coordinates36°25′55″S 174°40′01″E / 36.432°S 174.667°E / -36.432; 174.667Coordinates: 36°25′55″S 174°40′01″E / 36.432°S 174.667°E / -36.432; 174.667
Websitewww.irasr.aut.ac.nz Edit this at Wikidata
TelescopesWarkworth 30m Radio Telescope
Warkworth Radio Telescope Edit this on Wikidata
Warkworth Radio Astronomical Observatory is located in New Zealand
Warkworth Radio Astronomical Observatory
Location of Warkworth Radio Astronomical Observatory
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The Warkworth Radio Astronomical Observatory is located just south of Warkworth, New Zealand, off State Highway 1, about 50 km north of Auckland. It is operated by the Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research, Auckland University of Technology. The WARK12M 12m Radio Telescope was constructed in 2008. In 2010, a licence to operate the New Zealand Telecom 30m dish was granted, which led to the construction of the WARK30M 30m Radio Telescope. First observations with the Australian Long Baseline Array took place in 2011.[1]

A Hydrogen maser is installed on-site for very accurate time required by VLBI observations. The observatory has a 1Gbit/s connection to the Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network, providing high speed data transfers for files and e-VLBI.[2]


  1. ^ D., Dickey, 3 March 2011, Rodney Times,p.11, Warkworth in control as telescopes link up.A historic link-up of six Australian radio telescope sites with the Warkworth Radio Observatory could be the start of a very fast broadband speed.
  2. ^ Weston, S., Natusch, T., Gulyaev, S., 2010, in Proceedings of the 17th Electronics New Zealand Conference, submitted (preprint astro-ph/1011.0227)

Coordinates: 36°25′57″S 174°40′01″E / 36.43243°S 174.66690°E / -36.43243; 174.66690