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First announcement of opportunity for time allocation on SKA precursor, the MWA

16 January 2013, Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory, Western Australia – The first announcement of opportunity (AO) for time allocation on the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) is ready for release. The MWA, an SKA precursor instrument, is a next generation low frequency radio telescope, located on the pristine site of CSIRO’s Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory in Western Australia.

You will find details of the AO on the front page of:

The AO describes the steps to be taken over the next ~6 months to allocate observing time on the MWA, the level of observing time available, and restrictions/conditions that prospective users need to be aware of. The AO covers the first period of MWA early operations, from July 2013 to June 2014. Both guaranteed time (GT: available to MWA members) and open access (OA: available to non-members) allocations are available in this initial 12 month period.

Any researchers interested in submitting proposals for observing time on the MWA should familiarise themselves with the AO and documents referred to in the AO, and plan for some key events in the next six months (described in the AO).

In order to help potential MWA users prepare for proposal writing and the operations phase, a meeting will be held in Perth on February 25 and 26, 2013. The meeting will be open to all potential MWA users, regardless of prior participation in the EoI process. See here for meeting details.

Pivotal SKA technology is being demonstrated with design studies and a suite of precursor and pathfinder telescopes by SKA groups around the world.

The MWA SKA precursor radio telescope in Western Australia. Credit: Dr Natasha Hurley-Walker, ICRAR.