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.
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…
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…
Discoveries of Tomorrow: Envisioning the Next Generation VLAThe National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) has enabled forefront research into the Universe at radio wavelengths for more than sixty years. Thus, inspired by dramatic discoveries with the research facilities of the NRAO and its international partners, a much more capable next-generation Very Large Array (ngVLA) is being designed and developed to open vast new discovery space, enabling scientists to directly image the formation of Earth-like planets, trace the complex organic molecules in star-forming regions, unravel the dense gas history of the Universe during the key epoch of galaxy assembly, probe fundamental physics, and much more. The design and development of this next-generation Very Large Array is being led by members of the astronomy community working in close collaboration with the NRAO scientific, technical, and senior management staff, and could achieve full science operations by mid-2034.The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc
NRAO Making Waves
Announcements and Achievements
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…
NRAO’s Brett McGuire Part of Science News 10: Scientists to Watch
Dr. Brett McGuire of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) has been named to Science News’ list of 10 early-and mid-career scientists on their way to greater widespread acclaim.
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.
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.
Neither a hole nor really black, a stellar black hole is actually the superdense remains of a very big star that imploded, violently collapsing in on itself, during a supernova.