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.
2,712 miles, 3 covid vaccines, 1000 forms, 4 Trader Joes stops later and I have photographed the Karl G….
Galaxies are often surrounded by a halo of hydrogen gas. Over time a galaxy can lose this halo, which…
Super Star Clusters (SSCs) are dense clusters of bright young stars. As they evolve their intense radiation can clear…
It takes a lot of images to map the heavens. In order for the Very Large Array Sky Survey…
The formation of a star has a simple tale. A region of interstellar gas collapses under its own weight,…
Globular clusters are dense spherical groupings of stars. They are old and hold clues about the history and evolution…
Radio telescopes such as the Very Large Array (VLA) use an array of antenna dishes to collect faint radio…
Bailee Wolf, a student at The Ohio State University, has a tool to better process radio data, and it…
Outflows from a Young Solar SystemAstronomers have found the youngest still-forming solar system yet seen, an infant star surrounded by a swirling disk of dust and gas more than 450 light-years from Earth in the constellation Taurus. In this artist's conception of infant solar system, the young star pulls material from surroundings into rotating disk (right) and generates outflowing jets of material (left).
NRAO Making Waves
Announcements and Achievements
A Decade of Unveiling the Hidden Universe: ALMA at 10
On March 13th, 2023, astronomers around the world will mark the 10th anniversary of the inauguration of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), the world’s largest radio telescope. Over the past decade, the international ALMA collaboration— led by the U.S. National Science Foundation’s National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), the European Southern Observatory (ESO), and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)— has revolutionized our understanding of the Universe and unveiled its secrets, from the formation of planets, stars, and galaxies to deciphering the chemistry of the cosmos, and even taking part in capturing the first images of black holes.
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, Green Bank, WV, and Socorro, NM, in February of 2023.
NSF and SpaceX Finalize Radio Spectrum Coordination Agreement
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and SpaceX have finalized a radio spectrum coordination agreement to limit interference from the company’s Starlink satellites to radio astronomy assets operating between 10.6 and 10.7 GHz. The agreement, detailed in a .statement released by NSF today, ensures that Starlink satellite network plans will meet international radio astronomy protection standards, and protect NSF-funded radio astronomy facilities, including the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and the Green Bank Observatory (GBO). The agreement will also positively impact collaborations and cooperation between SpaceX and NSF’s NOIRLab.
Science Results From NRAO Facilities to Be Presented at Multiple AAS 241 Press Conferences
Five new scientific results from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), the Very Large Array (VLA), and the Green…
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.
Radio astronomy is a relatively young branch of astronomical science. Today, some of the most important discoveries about our…