In radio astronomy ‘baseline’ refers to the distance between antennas in an array. NRAO’s telescopes are made up of a series of individual antennas connected by cables and identical hardware, spaced out and arranged in different patterns on the dry, desert landscape. The entire array of antennas is referred to as a single telescope, and the distance between a pair of antennas in an array is called a baseline.
This series is creating a baseline of information connecting the fundamentals of radio astronomy to curious minds everywhere. Inspired by radio telescopes, the more episodes of “The Baseline” the better the public will have an understanding and appreciation of radio astronomy and the stories only it can tell.