Virtual Laboratory: ASVO

All-Sky Observatory

Lead Organisation: Astronomy Australia Ltd

ASVO provides a direct and vital link between the theoretical and observational aspects of data collection and analysis. It enables researchers to access a growing collection of theoretical and observational datasets, via a distributed network of ASVO “Nodes”.


  • Astronomers and researchers.
  • Academics teaching astronomy.


  • Links observational data sets and theoretical infrastructure capabilities enabling new approaches to astronomical research.
  • Access to a test environment, the SkyMapper Test Data Release, which provides a preview of the characteristics and data access protocols for the SkyMapper Southern Sky Survey.

“Creating a mock catalogue of galaxies might have previously taken months, or even years to develop, but with TOA it just a few minutes.”

– Associate Professor Darren Croton


The ASVO project currently involves Astronomy Australia Limited, Swinburne University of Technology, the Australian National University, National Computational Infrastructure, and the Australian Astronomical Observatory. ASVO has received funding from the Australian Commonwealth Government though the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) Project, the Australian National Data Service (ANDS), and the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.

PrintNectar is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy to establish eResearch infrastructure in partnership with Australian research institutions, organisations and research communities. The University of Melbourne has been appointed as the Lead Agent.