The Universe is a dynamic and exciting place, with stars, planets, and galaxies being born, dying, and undergoing dramatic changes. In 2022, the telescopes of the National Science Foundation’s National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) revealed fascinating new details about several of these processes, and we’re giving you a taste of the greatest radio astronomy moments of the year.
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.
Super Star Clusters (SSCs) are dense clusters of bright young stars. As they evolve their intense radiation can clear…
It takes a lot of images to map the heavens. In order for the Very Large Array Sky Survey…
The formation of a star has a simple tale. A region of interstellar gas collapses under its own weight,…
Globular clusters are dense spherical groupings of stars. They are old and hold clues about the history and evolution…
Radio telescopes such as the Very Large Array (VLA) use an array of antenna dishes to collect faint radio…
Bailee Wolf, a student at The Ohio State University, has a tool to better process radio data, and it…
The Very Large Array Sky Survey (VLASS) is creating a map of nearly 80% of the radio sky. As…
Finding Ice in Baby Solar SystemsArtist concept of the so-called "snow line" in the young planet-forming system known as TW Hydrae. A snow line is where particles become icy and can more easily stick together to make larger chunks when they collide. This is one way for planets to form. ALMA has found water-covered ice grains in this system's inner disk (4.5 -- 30 AU, blue) and carbon monoxide (CO) ice-covered grains in the outer disk (>30 AU, green). The transition from blue to green marks the CO snow line.
NRAO Making Waves
Announcements and Achievements
NSF and SpaceX Finalize Radio Spectrum Coordination Agreement
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and SpaceX have finalized a radio spectrum coordination agreement to limit interference from the company’s Starlink satellites to radio astronomy assets operating between 10.6 and 10.7 GHz. The agreement, detailed in a .statement released by NSF today, ensures that Starlink satellite network plans will meet international radio astronomy protection standards, and protect NSF-funded radio astronomy facilities, including the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and the Green Bank Observatory (GBO). The agreement will also positively impact collaborations and cooperation between SpaceX and NSF’s NOIRLab.
Science Results From NRAO Facilities to Be Presented at Multiple AAS 241 Press Conferences
Five new scientific results from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), the Very Large Array (VLA), and the Green…
Design Review for ngVLA Antenna Clears Way for Prototype Construction
The design for the ngVLA prototype antenna has passed a thorough review by a panel of external experts and the project now is cleared to proceed to manufacture the prototype.
ALMA Has Successfully Restarted Observations
Forty-eight days after suspending observations due to a cyberattack, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) is observing the sky again. The computing staff has worked diligently to rebuild the affected JAO computer system servers and services. This is a crucial milestone in the recovery process.
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.
From the Earth, a pulsar looks like a star that has a pulse, a rapid beat picked up only by radio telescopes.