Welcome to the CSIRO Parkes Observatory
COVID-19 Update (28 September 2021): In response to the COVID-19 situation, our Parkes Observatory Visitors Centre, The Dish Café, outdoor viewing area and public toilets reopened on 27 September 2021, with physical distancing and other precautions in place. For more information, please click on this link.
Parkes Observatory, just outside the central-west NSW town of Parkes, hosts Murriyang, the 64-metre Parkes radio telescope, one of the telescopes comprising CSIRO’s Australia Telescope National Facility.
An icon of Australian science, Murriyang has been in operation since 1961 and continues to be at the forefront of astronomical discovery thanks to regular upgrades.
Astronomers from across Australia and around the world utilise Murriyang to undertake world-class astronomical science.
Also known as ’the Dish’, the telescope operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
Parkes: five decades of discovery Five decades after starting work, CSIRO’s Parkes telescope is still one of the world's leading radio telescopes. Read about the Parkes telescope's achievements.
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