Using the SKA

Science with the SKA

Radio telescope image of the sky showing bubble-like wispy structures in orange against a dark background.
ASKAP’s view of part of our galaxy, the Milky Way, from the EMU survey team.

The SKA aims to solve some of the biggest questions in the field of astronomy.

The unprecedented sensitivity of thousands of individual radio receivers, combining to create the world’s largest radio telescopes will give astronomers insight into the formation and evolution of the first stars and galaxies after the Big Bang, the role of cosmic magnetism, the nature of gravity, and possibly even life beyond Earth.

If history is any guide, the SKA will make many more discoveries than we can imagine today.

The key science drivers for the SKA have been broken down into categories, each of which has its own working group to facilitate and manage the scientific goals.

This includes:

  • Investigating the nature of gravity
  • Galactic evolution, cosmology, and dark energy
  • Cosmic Magnetism
  • Probing the cosmic dawn
  • In search of Extra-Terrestrial life
  • Continuum surveys
  • Radio transients
  • Solar and heliophysics