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Media Advisory: Global HQ of ground-breaking radio astronomy project to be inaugurated at Jodrell Bank

Panoramic view of the completed SKA GHQ at Jodrell Bank. Credit: SKAO/Juande Santander-Vela

The SKA partnership invites members of the media to attend the inauguration of the international astronomy project’s global headquarters (GHQ) at the iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory, UK, on 10 July at 14:15 BST.

Close to 200 guests are expected to attend the event including representatives from across the SKA’s partner countries. The event will include a ceremonial handover as well as a commemorative lecture by renowned astrophysicist Prof. Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, and speeches by key stakeholders representing the SKA project, government, The University of Manchester and Cheshire East Council.

Operated by a partnership of countries from across the world, the GHQ will be the home of the SKA Observatory, only the second intergovernmental organisation to be dedicated to astronomy in the world. It will eventually house up to 150 international staff leading the SKA project and allow to remotely monitor the status of the SKA telescopes 24/7 from its Operations Monitoring Centre. Considered a nexus for astrophysics in the 21st century, the facility will facilitate a global collaboration in radio astronomy, receiving prestigious international visitors and experts.

The SKA project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope, led by the SKA Organisation – soon to become the SKA Observatory. The SKA telescopes will be constructed in Australia and South Africa; with a later expansion in both countries and into other African countries. It will address fundamental gaps in our understanding of the Universe.

A press release will be issued during the event with a media kit containing additional material.

Members of the media wishing to attend the event are invited to register by Monday 8 July by contacting SKAO’s press contacts at skao-outreach@skatelescope.org.

Additional information

The delivery team included HASSELL as Architect and Lead Designer and Sir Robert McAlpine as Principal Contractor. More information about the Headquarters is available here.