Tatiana López is an aerospace engineering student at the University of Concepción in Chile, and a certified PROVOCA Mentor, an AUI/NRAO program that promotes and supports young women pursuing STEM vocations in Chile. She is also the only Latin American woman that participated in the Asclepios II Mission, a Switzerland-based analog space program designed by and for students that required two years of training followed by 15 days in an underground Moon simulation at the former Gotthard Mountain military fortress located in the Swiss Alps.
Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array in the Atacama Desert, Chile, is the most complex observatory ever built.
Very Long Baseline Array
The Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) is ten radio telescopes stationed across 5,351 miles. It’s the world’s sharpest, dedicated telescope array.
The Next Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA) will help astronomers solve some of the greatest mysteries of modern astrophysics,…
A century ago two prominent astronomers held a debate at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. The topic concerned…
In the last twenty years, thousands of planets have been discovered outside the Solar System. Some are bigger than…
In the past century, black holes have transformed from being a mere curiosity into a key element of modern…
In the direction of the constellation of Sagittarius, in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, sits a supermassive…
On a clear dark night, the plane of our Galaxy can be seen arching overhead, filled with bright stars…
This article was originally published in Medium on March 9, 2021. Some changes have been made to the original…
Double Sunset on a 'Tatooine' ExoplanetArtist impression of a double sunset on a 'Tatooine' exoplanet forming in a circumbinary disk that is misaligned with the orbits of its binary stars.
NRAO Making Waves
Announcements and Achievements
ALMA’s 2014 Ground-Breaking HL Tau Results Have Appeared in Over 1,000 Scientific Papers in Less Than a Decade
Ground-breaking 2014 HL Tau observational data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has been cited in more than 1,000 scientific studies in the past 7.5 years, aiding in major breakthroughs in scientists’ understanding of planet formation. The milestone comes as engineers at the U.S. National Science Foundation’s National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) embark on ambitious upgrades to the receivers responsible for the clarity of initial observations.
French Astronomer Honored as 2022 Jansky Lecturer
The 2022 Jansky Lectureship, an honor recognizing outstanding contributions to radio astronomy, has been awarded to Professor Françoise Combes, Chair of Galaxies and Cosmology at the College of France and Astronomer at the Paris Observatory. She will deliver the lecture, “Symbiosis between black holes and galaxies,” in Charlottesville, VA, and in Socorro, NM, in February of 2023.
NRAO to Launch New Amateur Radio Learning Program for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ Students with Support from ARDC
Following a generous grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) will soon launch a two-year project to engage BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students in learning about the electromagnetic spectrum and the excitement of amateur— also called ham— radio.
ngVLA Engineering Paper Selected for Prestigious IEEE Award
A team of engineers testing the design efficiency of reflectors for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s upcoming next generation Very Large Array (ngVLA) has received the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Harold A. Wheeler Applications Prize Paper Award.
From the Earth, a pulsar looks like a star that has a pulse, a rapid beat picked up only by radio telescopes.
To balance their speeds out to those distances from their massive central cores, the galaxies must be made of more stuff than just that which we can detect.