ann19013 — Announcement

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14 March 2019
International SKA convention signed

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) congratulates the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Observatory on the signing of the international SKA convention. This convention formally establishes the SKA Observatory, which is an international collaboration working towards building the world’s largest radio telescope. The IAU strongly supports and promotes global cooperation on large facilities such as this, which are necessary to realise increasingly ambitious astronomical projects. The SKA will grant astronomers worldwide new opportunities to unravel the mysteries of the Universe, and will also drive innovative solutions to big data challenges, which will benefit society at large.

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Maria Teresa Lago
General Secretary
Paris, France
Tel: +33 1 43 25 83 58

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