Astronomy Australia Limited is a non-profit company
whose members are a range of Australian universities and research organizations. Its core business is to manage programs
that provide astronomers with access to national optical/infrared and radio astronomy infrastructure.
Australia's participation in the GMT at the 10% level is fully funded. Currently, Matthew Colless and Mark McAuley represent AAL on the GMT board.
The AAL is also involved in:
- HERMES is the next generation of instrument for the Anglo-Australian Telescope. As a multi fibre-fed high resolution spectrograph,
HERMES will aim to unravel the history of the Milky Way by chemically fingerprinting a million stars and reconstructing the formation sequence
of the Galaxy.
- Australia is currently a member of the International Gemini Partnership. This allows Australian astronomers
access to telescope time on the two 8m Gemini telescopes located in Chile and Hawaii.
- The Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) is a technology demonstrator for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).
The large field-of-view makes ASKAP an unprecedented synoptic telescope that will make substantial advances in SKA key sciences.
- The Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) is a radically new type of radio
telescope, with no moving parts and dependent on prodigious computer power to create exquisite real-time wide-field
images of the radio sky.
- PLATO (PLATeau Observatory) is a University of New South Wales designed and manufactured robotic
astronomical observatory for Antarctica.