Warkworth Radio Astronomical Observatory

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Warkworth Radio Astronomical Observatory
Organization Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research, Auckland University of Technology
Location New Zealand Warkworth, New Zealand
Coordinates 36°25′59″S 174°39′52″E / 36.43302°S 174.66453°E / -36.43302; 174.66453
Website www.irasr.aut.ac.nz
WARK12M 12m radio telescope
WARK30M 30m radio telescope

The Warkworth Radio Astronomical Observatory is located just south of Warkworth off SH1 about 50 km north of Auckland and is operated by the Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research, Auckland University of Technology.

Radio telescopes[edit]

WARK12M 12m Radio Telescope

WARK30M 30m Radio Telescope


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.[1]


2008 The 12m dish was built on the site

2010 A license to operate the New Zealand Telecom 30m dish was granted

2011 First observations with the Australian Long Baseline Array [2]


  1. ^ Weston, S., Natusch, T., Gulyaev, S., 2010, in Proceedings of the 17th Electronics New Zealand Conference, submitted (preprint astro-ph/1011.0227)
  2. ^ 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.

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