Zadko Telescope



Official opening of OzGrav in Melbourne. OzGrav supports the Zadko Telescope and Multimessenger Astronomy.

Zadko Telescope discovers the optical emissions from a binary neutron star merger gravitational wave event. UWA News Release

The newly formed Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences releases a flyer on the Zadko Telescope.

Airbus Safran Launchers establishes a space situational awareness (SSA) facility within the Zadko Observatory.

The Zadko telescope captures optical images of a Gamma ray burst. The images were first acquired only seconds after the burst was reported from a gamma ray observatory in space and continued for many hours. The last image of the event was recorded 24 hours after the light from the massive stellar explosion first reached the Earth. The sequence of images will allow astronomers to plot a light curve to explore the physics of this cataclysmic energy release. UWA News Release

Summer student Gavin Siouw explores a simple model of space debris evolution.

Work started to develop a backup control system for the Zadko telescope.

Channel 10 story together with a UWA press release tells how the Zadko Telescope was used to help reconstruct the shape of rare asteroids called “Barbarians”. Only a handful of Barbarians have been discovered and they are very ancient, forming during the birth of the planets. UWA News Release

Dr David Coward becomes a Chief Investigator of OzGrav.

The Zadko Telescope joins with Swinburne University's Deeper, Faster, Wider (DWF) project to discover and monitor the fastest astronomical transient events. The Zadko Telescope is used to follow up the most interesting of these phenomena.

ARC announces it will establish a Centre of Excellence called OzGrav for Gravitational Wave and Multimessenger Astronomy. UWA will be one of the nodes of this centre.

Zadko Telescope and Parkes 'dish' join hunt of mystery radio bursts. The University of Western Australia’s Zadko Telescope and the Parkes Radio Telescope have joined forces in a new mission involving an international team of radio astronomers to hunt for mystery radio bursts in the universe. The new project, SUPERB (SUrvey for Pulsars and Extragalactic Radio Bursts), will try and understand the origin of mysterious radio flashes, known as Fast Radio Bursts or FRBs. UWA News Release

PhD work by Damien Turpin at the University of Toulouse to follow up neutrino events detected by the Antares neutrino telescope in Europe.

A new Andor IKON-L DW 936N CCD astronomical camera is installed.

The Zadko Observatory reopens in a new Roll-Off Roll-On Observatory Building, controlled by a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) designed and constructed under contract by l'Observatoire de Haute-Provence (OHP) staff.

Senior Technical Officer John Moore receives a Federal Government Endeavour Executive Award for international travel to gain expert technical knowledge and examine best practice in the principles and process of large telescope optical cleaning and aluminizing by visiting Observatoire de Haute-Provence (OHP) Saint-Michel Observatory - France, Gemini Observatory (North) Hawaii and DFM Engineering Optics laboratory Colorado, USA.

Decision made to replace Sirius Dome with a new custom built Roll-Off Roll-On observatory.

Zadko telescope will provide follow-up to the ESA GAII satellite for the discovery and study of transient astronomical sources.

Sirius 6.7 metre fibreglass dome starts to experience operational problems.

First imaging of space debris (including the defunct Australian Fedsat satellite).

Dr David Coward, Director of the Zadko Telescope receives an ARC Future Fellowship for Multimessenger Astronomy.

PhD work by Michael Todd for the "Detection of Trojan Asteroids in the orbits of Earth and Mars". Thesis

Start of Robotic Operations

Dr Myrtille Laas-Bourez from Observatoire de Haute-Provence (OHP) commences a one year post-doctoral fellowship.

The Zadko Telescope was the first telescope on Earth to detect light from a massive gamma ray explosion 11 billion years ago.

First light for the one metre f/4 Cassegrain Zadko Telescope with Andor IKON DW 436BV camera housed in a Sirius 6.7 metre fibreglass dome.

Australian Research Council (ARC) linkage grant awarded to UWA to work with the Observatoire de Haute-Provence (OHP) France for the construction of a robotic telescope to form part of the TAROT network.

Philanthropic donation to the UWA by businessman Jim Zadko (CEO of Claire Energy) to establish a large optical telescope at Gingin 31.357 degrees south and 115.714 degrees east.

Zadko Telecope

Further enquiries regarding recent developments of the Zadko telescope may be directed to the Executive Director.