Astronomers using the GBT have discovered the most massive neutron star to date, a rapidly spinning pulsar approximately 4,600 light-years from Earth. This record-breaking object is teetering on the edge of existence, approaching the theoretical maximum mass possible for a neutron star.
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.
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…
The NRAO NINE (National and International Non-traditional Exchange) program and Office of Diversity and Inclusion aim to train students…
My two-year-old loves radio telescopes. My friends are convinced that I trained my son Günther to point to and…
Dr. Kristina Nyland was a postdoctoral research associate at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory from 2015 to 2018. She has…
A Comet Hits JupiterThis pair of radio images taken by the Very Large Array (VLA) shows the planet Jupiter before (left - June 24, 1994) and after (right July 19, 1994) fragments of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 struck the planet in 1994. The disk of the planet is in the center of the images. The bright red spots are regions high above Jupiter's "surface" where electrons interacting with the planet's intense magnetic field are producing strong radio emission. These "radiation belts" are similar to the Van Allen Radiation Belts discovered above the Earth in 1958.
NRAO Making Waves
Announcements and Achievements
First Canadian ALMA Large Program to Investigate the Impact of Galaxy Environment on Star Formation
The first ever Canadian-led Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) Large Program has been approved for cycle 7. Dr. Brown and his colleagues will use the Atacama Compact Array (ACA) to study the influence of galaxy environment on star formation in the Virgo Cluster.
Dosvedanya and Farewell, RadioAstron
On May 30, 2019, the Russian RadioAstron satellite — the farthest element of an Earth-to-space radio-telescope system — ended its service.
Statement on Starlink and ‘Constellations’ of Communication Satellites
Radio astronomy facilities are working with the communications industry to preserve clear views of the radio universe.
AUI/NRAO Representative in Chile to Join Advisory Council of ComunidadMujer
Paulina Bocaz, the AUI Representative and NRAO Assistant Director for Chile, has been selected to join the Advisory Council of “ComunidadMujer.”
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.
How Do Radio Telescopes Work? Think of a radio telescope as a very specialized antenna outfitted with . In…