New technologies that enable new strategies are revitalizing the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), by not only augmenting the traditional search for intelligently-generated radio signals but also allowing searches for other signs of life and technological activity.
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.
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…
If you take U.S. Highway 60 west out of Socorro, in fifty miles you’ll bump into the Very Large…
Standing at the high site of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array is like standing on another world. Sandy gravel…
Radio telescopes received the signal that allowed 600 million people to watch Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon.
Ruby Payne-Scott was born on May 28, 1912 in Grafton, New South Wales. She began her college career at…
Since the 1930s, when Karl Jansky detected the first radio signals from space, astronomers have used radio telescopes to…
NRAO Making Waves
Announcements and Achievements
NRAO, SETI Institute Agree on New Research Programs
NRAO and the SETI Institute will develop a new system to provide VLA data to an advanced signal processor that will seek to detect signs of extraterrestrial technologies.
International Group Honors NRAO Employee as Technician of the Year
NRAO servo technical specialist Bruce Mues is honored as Technician of the Year by international association.
Antenna Design for the Next Generation Very Large Array
The NRAO has awarded three contracts for the conceptual design of the 18m antenna for the next-generation Very Large Array (ngVLA).
New NSF Support Agreement for Next Generation Very Large Array
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded an additional $4M to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and Associated…
Hear from folks who work at NRAO about the many paths we’ve taken to get here. You don’t have to be a scientist or engineer to be part of our exciting mission!
On a clear, dark night, you can see a glowing stream that seems to split the sky. We have called it the Milky Way for thousands of years, and its exact nature was a mystery until less than a hundred years ago.