Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), along with other telescopes, have discovered the most distant quasar yet found. The bright quasar, powered by a supermassive black hole at the core of a galaxy, is seen as it was only 670 million years after the Big Bang, and is providing valuable clues about how such huge black holes and their host galaxies formed in the early Universe.
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.
2020 probably won’t go down as anyone’s favorite year, but we still want to celebrate all of the cool (radio) science we did.
Explore the fascinating world of radio astronomy with us! Discover the tools scientists use to observe radio waves with…
Every year, we partner with Green Bank Observatory to welcome more than 30 students from around the country into…
The NRAO NINE program mission is to build a pipeline of talent within the radio astronomy field, and within under-represented communities.
Antenna climb at the VLA, left to right: Filipe Lizana, Camilla Pérez, Simón Contreras, Sonia Duffau.
2019 has been a spectacular year of discovery for all of astronomy, and radio astronomy in particular. The public got…
Long, long ago… or if you’re an astronomer, far, far away… STARS EMIT LIGHT Stars, galaxies, even dust and complex…
A Molecular Fountain In Abell 2597Composite image of the Abell 2597 galaxy cluster showing the fountain-like flow of gas powered by the supermassive black hole in the central galaxy. The yellow is ALMA data of the cold gas. The red is data from the Very Large Telescope showing the hot hydrogen gas in the same region. The extend purple is the extended hot, ionized gas as imaged by the Chandra X-ray Observatory.
NRAO Making Waves
Announcements and Achievements
ALMA Takes First Step Toward Return to Service
The process of returning ALMA to operational status has begun by powering up the first few antennas for the first time since the COVID-19 shutdown in March of 2021.
NRAO and GBO Saddened at Loss of Arecibo Telescope
NRAO and GBO are saddened at the announcement of the decommissioning of the Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico, which has a long and distinguished history of scientific accomplishment.
AAS Names NRAO Astronomer as Fred Kavli Plenary Lecturer
NRAO astronomer Paul B. Demorest has been selected to give the Fred Kavli Plenary Lecture at the 237th meeting of the American Astronomical Society, to be held virtually, on 11 January 2021.
NRAO Image Contest Celebrates VLA 40th Anniversary
To help celebrate the VLA’s 40th anniversary, the National Radio Astronomy is conducting an image contest, and offering cash prizes for visually compelling works that incorporate radio observational data from the VLA.
Welcome to central New Mexico where the National Radio Astronomy Observatory operates the world’s most versatile radio telescope, the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array. Here, we have put together a collection of exclusive video tours we call the VLA Explorer.