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Switzerland is now a partner in a great adventure...

 

On January 19, 2022, Switzerland joined the Square Kilometre Array Observatory (SKAO), an intergovernmental organisation
that is building a radio telescope to unlock some of the greatest mysteries in the Universe!

About the SKAO

 

Two telescopes are under construction, one in South Africa and one in Australia.

These installations will combine the signals received from thousands of small antennae spread over a distance of several thousand kilometres to simulate a single giant radio telescope capable of extremely high sensitivity and angular resolution, using a technique called aperture synthesis. Some of the sub-arrays of the SKA will also have a very large field-of-view (FOV), making it possible to survey very large areas of sky at once.

 

The SKA Switzerland Consortium (SKACH)

 

SKACH is leading Switzerland's contributions to the SKAO on behalf of the State Secretariat of Science, Innovation, Research, and Education (SERI).

SKACH is comprised of nine Swiss institutions and will deliver contributions to the SKAO in five key programs:

Science, Data Science, Computing Platforms and Infrastructure, Instrumentation, and Education and Public Outreach.

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  • For today's #AmazingPicMonday, we travel to the Sombrero Galaxy, a distinctive galaxy with a bright nucleus and an unusually large central bulge. 

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage team.
Source: @skaobservatory Library

#Astro #Astronomy #astrophotography #astrophoto #mondaypic
  • Get to know Carolyn Marie Crichton, the Director of the SKA Consortium for Switzerland (SKACH)! She joined SKACH in December 2021, right before Switzerland officially became a member in January 2022.

“I am passionate about cultivating collaborative and high-functioning work environments in cross-disciplinary teams. As the director, my main role is to interface with high-level and external stakeholders. I manage the consortium governance including chairing the SKACH Board, work to ensure fair work return for Switzerland, interface with colleagues at @skaobservatory HQ, manage agreements and proposals, and report progress to funders.”

When she’s not working…
“I have a dog named Mia who is an Africanis that I foster failed due to COVID lockdown in South Africa. She was rescued after spending the first five months of her life chained up at a car wash. Now she gets the best of Switzerland, including her very own doggy GA to ride on the public transport.
My favorite space movie is Arrival. I like to think about if alien life would be anything like us, and how they would communicate. It also highlights the cross-disciplinary nature of space exploration with the main character being a linguist. This is an important aspect of space science, where we rely on not only scientists, but also many types of engineers, data scientists, mathematicians, project managers, and more.

Fun facts?
“I have lived on three continents. And I love Tres Leches.”

Photo credit: @severinbigler
  • Have you seen the SKA headquarters yet? It is located in Jordell Bank, at the University of Manchester in the UK.
Credit: Juande Santander-Vela/SKAO
Source SKAO library

#SKACH #Astronomy #science
#SKAO
  • For our first "Amazing pic Monday", we begin with this picture of a dying star! How a star dies, and what it looks like after, depends on the kind of star it is.
Author : NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team
Source : SKAO Library

#SKA #SKACH #SKAO #Astronomy #astrophotography #Picoftheday
  • SKACH Consortium Director Carolyn Crichton and Consortium Manager Stefan Kögl last month at the Urania Observatory @uraniasternwarte in Zurich.

Photo credit: @severinbigler
  • Our kickoff is underway at @houseofswitzerland in Davos @skaobservatory
For today's #AmazingPicMonday, we travel to the Sombrero Galaxy, a distinctive galaxy with a bright nucleus and an unusually large central bulge. 

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage team.
Source: @skaobservatory Library

#Astro #Astronomy #astrophotography #astrophoto #mondaypic
For today's #AmazingPicMonday, we travel to the Sombrero Galaxy, a distinctive galaxy with a bright nucleus and an unusually large central bulge. Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage team. Source: @skaobservatory Library #Astro #Astronomy #astrophotography #astrophoto #mondaypic
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Get to know Carolyn Marie Crichton, the Director of the SKA Consortium for Switzerland (SKACH)! She joined SKACH in December 2021, right before Switzerland officially became a member in January 2022.

“I am passionate about cultivating collaborative and high-functioning work environments in cross-disciplinary teams. As the director, my main role is to interface with high-level and external stakeholders. I manage the consortium governance including chairing the SKACH Board, work to ensure fair work return for Switzerland, interface with colleagues at @skaobservatory HQ, manage agreements and proposals, and report progress to funders.”

When she’s not working…
“I have a dog named Mia who is an Africanis that I foster failed due to COVID lockdown in South Africa. She was rescued after spending the first five months of her life chained up at a car wash. Now she gets the best of Switzerland, including her very own doggy GA to ride on the public transport.
My favorite space movie is Arrival. I like to think about if alien life would be anything like us, and how they would communicate. It also highlights the cross-disciplinary nature of space exploration with the main character being a linguist. This is an important aspect of space science, where we rely on not only scientists, but also many types of engineers, data scientists, mathematicians, project managers, and more.

Fun facts?
“I have lived on three continents. And I love Tres Leches.”

Photo credit: @severinbigler
Get to know Carolyn Marie Crichton, the Director of the SKA Consortium for Switzerland (SKACH)! She joined SKACH in December 2021, right before Switzerland officially became a member in January 2022. “I am passionate about cultivating collaborative and high-functioning work environments in cross-disciplinary teams. As the director, my main role is to interface with high-level and external stakeholders. I manage the consortium governance including chairing the SKACH Board, work to ensure fair work return for Switzerland, interface with colleagues at @skaobservatory HQ, manage agreements and proposals, and report progress to funders.” When she’s not working… “I have a dog named Mia who is an Africanis that I foster failed due to COVID lockdown in South Africa. She was rescued after spending the first five months of her life chained up at a car wash. Now she gets the best of Switzerland, including her very own doggy GA to ride on the public transport. My favorite space movie is Arrival. I like to think about if alien life would be anything like us, and how they would communicate. It also highlights the cross-disciplinary nature of space exploration with the main character being a linguist. This is an important aspect of space science, where we rely on not only scientists, but also many types of engineers, data scientists, mathematicians, project managers, and more. Fun facts? “I have lived on three continents. And I love Tres Leches.” Photo credit: @severinbigler
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Have you seen the SKA headquarters yet? It is located in Jordell Bank, at the University of Manchester in the UK.
Credit: Juande Santander-Vela/SKAO
Source SKAO library

#SKACH #Astronomy #science
#SKAO
Have you seen the SKA headquarters yet? It is located in Jordell Bank, at the University of Manchester in the UK.
Credit: Juande Santander-Vela/SKAO
Source SKAO library

#SKACH #Astronomy #science
#SKAO
Have you seen the SKA headquarters yet? It is located in Jordell Bank, at the University of Manchester in the UK.
Credit: Juande Santander-Vela/SKAO
Source SKAO library

#SKACH #Astronomy #science
#SKAO
Have you seen the SKA headquarters yet? It is located in Jordell Bank, at the University of Manchester in the UK.
Credit: Juande Santander-Vela/SKAO
Source SKAO library

#SKACH #Astronomy #science
#SKAO
Have you seen the SKA headquarters yet? It is located in Jordell Bank, at the University of Manchester in the UK. Credit: Juande Santander-Vela/SKAO Source SKAO library #SKACH #Astronomy #science #SKAO
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For our first "Amazing pic Monday", we begin with this picture of a dying star! How a star dies, and what it looks like after, depends on the kind of star it is.
Author : NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team
Source : SKAO Library

#SKA #SKACH #SKAO #Astronomy #astrophotography #Picoftheday
For our first "Amazing pic Monday", we begin with this picture of a dying star! How a star dies, and what it looks like after, depends on the kind of star it is. Author : NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team Source : SKAO Library #SKA #SKACH #SKAO #Astronomy #astrophotography #Picoftheday
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SKACH Consortium Director Carolyn Crichton and Consortium Manager Stefan Kögl last month at the Urania Observatory @uraniasternwarte in Zurich.

Photo credit: @severinbigler
SKACH Consortium Director Carolyn Crichton and Consortium Manager Stefan Kögl last month at the Urania Observatory @uraniasternwarte in Zurich. Photo credit: @severinbigler
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Our kickoff is underway at @houseofswitzerland in Davos @skaobservatory
Our kickoff is underway at @houseofswitzerland in Davos @skaobservatory
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