The future of astronomy in Australia

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Australian astronomy has a bright future, thanks largely to recent government investments in major new telescopes, instruments and research centres. There are some short-term challenges as Australia’s focus continues to shift from the current (mainly) national facilities for radio and optical astronomy to new multinational and global facilities.

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Fig. 1: Dishes of the ASKAP radio telescope on the Australian SKA site at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in Western Australia.
Fig. 2: Core of the low-frequency MWA telescope at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory.

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Correspondence to Elaine M. Sadler.

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Sadler, E.M. The future of astronomy in Australia. Nat Astron 1, 592–595 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-017-0221-2

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