We welcomed back Prof Peter Quinn as our Guest Speaker, and he gave us an update on the Square Kilometre Array Project in which Western Australia plays a prominent role. The SKA is an inter-Government organisation which has been set up to study the evolution of the universe using radio waves that have been travelling through space for millennia. This delay in light travel enables us to analyse data today that originates from the so-called Big Bang, a term used to denote the start of our universe. The scale of the SKA is mind boggling as it will be 3000 times better than our previous capabilities, and the major sites are being established here in WA as well as in South Africa and the UK. The WA site is in the Murchison Shire, and is hosting the SKA’s low frequency aperture array antennae, whilst South Africa hosts the higher frequency trackers – precursors to the imminent construction of the world’s most capable radio telescope. The isolation of outback WA and the lack of pollution provide an ideal ‘clean window’ through which the data can pass. The International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), the CSIRO and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre are combining to provide the infrastructure needed to support the huge global flow of data and processing needed for the telescope, and the Federal Government has committed $64.4 million to establish a suitable centre in Perth to deal with this. The huge volume of data will be the equivalent of the entire internet as it stands today! The end of the decade should see the completion of this mammoth enterprise.