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.
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…
Radio telescopes received the signal that allowed 600 million people to watch Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the Moon.
A Cosmic Eyelash Reveals New Information on Star FormationThis ALMA image shows the Cosmic Eyelash, a remote starburst galaxy that appears double and brightened by gravitational lensing. ALMA has been used to detect turbulent reservoirs of cold gas surrounding this and other distant starburst galaxies. By detecting CH+ for the first time in the distant Universe, this research opens up a new window of exploration into a critical epoch of star formation.
NRAO Making Waves
Announcements and Achievements
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.
Raytheon and the National Science Foundation radio astronomy facilities to detect dusty asteroids in space
Raytheon Company, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and the Green Bank Observatory entered a cooperative research and development agreement.
NRAO Jansky Fellow Kazunori Akiyama Receives 2020 ASJ Young Astronomer Award
Kazunori Akiyama, a Jansky Fellow of NRAO at MIT Haystack Observatory, has received the 2020 Young Astronomer Award from the Astronomical Society of Japan for his contributions to the first-ever images of a black hole.
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.
Welcome to the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. Here, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, along with its international partners, is building ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array.