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Astronomers Reveal First Image of the Black Hole at the Heart of Our Galaxy
Astronomers Reveal First Image of the Black Hole at the Heart of Our Galaxy
May 12, 2022 at 9:07 am | Announcement

Astronomers have unveiled the first image of the supermassive black hole at the center of our own Milky Way galaxy. This result provides overwhelming evidence that the object is indeed a black hole and yields valuable clues about the workings of such giants, which are thought to reside at the center of most galaxies. The image was produced by a global research team called the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration, using observations from a worldwide network of radio telescopes.

Future of Earth’s Defense is Ground-Based Planetary Radar
Future of Earth’s Defense is Ground-Based Planetary Radar
April 19, 2022 at 2:10 pm | Announcement

The Planetary Science Decadal Survey indicated that new ground-based radar systems will be vital research tools for planetary defense and studying planets, moons, asteroids, and other Solar System objects. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory and the Green Bank Observatory are developing new capabilities for the Green Bank Telescope and the Very Long Baseline Array that will meet those needs.

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2022 Jansky Fellowships Awarded
March 17, 2022 at 8:00 am | Announcement

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory has awarded four Jansky Postdoctoral Fellowships for 2022. The recipients will pursue research in a wide range of topics during their time as Jansky Fellows.

NRAO and Optisys Partner Up to Produce 3D Devices for Radio Astronomy
NRAO and Optisys Partner Up to Produce 3D Devices for Radio Astronomy
February 16, 2022 at 9:00 am | Announcement

Recent advancements in 3D printing (also known as additive manufacturing) for metallic structures make it possible to print all-metal electromagnetic devices—like antennas and waveguides—on demand. A new partnership between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Optisys, LLC, headquartered in West Valley City, Utah, will explore the potential for leveraging this technology for radio astronomy applications.

NRAO Researcher Receives Prestigious Engineering Award
NRAO Researcher Receives Prestigious Engineering Award
February 2, 2022 at 10:00 am | Announcement

An NRAO researcher is receiving an engineering award for an innovative development that is improving radio telescope performance and also is benefitting numerous other fields.

NRAO Director Tony Beasley Honored as Lifetime AAAS Fellow
NRAO Director Tony Beasley Honored as Lifetime AAAS Fellow
January 26, 2022 at 11:00 am | Announcement

Dr. Tony Beasley, Director of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and AUI Vice President for Radio Astronomy Operations, was today elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

28 women in STEM became the first generation of PROVOCA mentors
28 women in STEM became the first generation of PROVOCA mentors
December 22, 2021 at 1:56 pm | Announcement

As the end of 2021 approaches, we celebrate the certification of 28 women in STEM who became the first generation of PROVOCA mentors, a trained group of professionals and students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics that will provide mentoring to girls and young college students who decide to pursue a career in these disciplines.

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NRAO Reacts to Astro2020 Statements on Diversity and Inclusion
December 15, 2021 at 10:30 am | Announcement

Released in November 2021, the Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey—Astro2020—not only set scientific priorities for the discovery and study of potentially habitable worlds and finding answers to big questions about the nature of the Universe, but also emphasized the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the field of astrophysics. The inclusion of DEI initiatives in the report signals a shift in the industry, one for which the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and its partners have been building a foundation for over a decade. 

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NSF Partnerships for Innovation Funding to Make NRAO Tech Accessible to New Wireless Markets and High-Frequency Applications
December 9, 2021 at 11:00 am | Announcement

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s Central Development Laboratory (CDL) $250,000 in Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) funding to support the proof-of-concept development of high-performance reflectionless radio frequency filters at 40 GHz and above for high-frequency applications, including wireless and defense. 

Installing COSMIC system at the VLA.
Prototype SETI Hardware Gets First Data From VLA
November 22, 2021 at 12:31 pm | Announcement

A system designed to provide streaming data from the VLA to SETI Institute equipment to search for radio transmissions possibly generated by extraterrestrial civilizations has successfully completed its first test.

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