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.
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…
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…
Earliest Phase of Star Formation Ever Observed in Highly Hostile EnvironmentAn ALMA image of the center of the Milky Way galaxy showing the location of 11 young protostars within about 3 light-years of our galaxy's supermassive black hole. The lines indicate the direction of the bipolar lobes created by high-velocity jets from the protostars. The illustrated star in the middle of the image indicates the location of Sagittarius A*, the 4 million solar mass supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy. The next image is a zoom-in to one of the protostars.
NRAO Making Waves
Announcements and Achievements
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.
NRAO Grote Reber Fellow Thankful Cromartie Receives Prestigious Einstein Fellowship
Thankful Cromartie, a NRAO Grote Reber doctoral fellow at the University of Virginia’s Department of Astronomy, has received an Einstein Fellowship under the prestigious NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP).
Observatory Cancels Group Tours of Very Large Array and ALMA Public Visits
In order to reduce the risk of possible exposure to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), all group tours of the VLA are cancelled. Visitors will be able to access the visitor center, the outdoor walking tour, and the gift shop.
Check out our Milky Way Explorer, a guided trip through our spiral Galaxy and its neighborhood. You choose where to explore, and a radio astronomer talks to you about each stop.
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.