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Astronomers Discover Jupiter-sized Objects Drawn into Each Other’s Orbit
Astronomers Discover Jupiter-sized Objects Drawn into Each Other’s Orbit
February 12, 2024 at 3:11 pm | News Release

What happens to planet-sized objects that don’t have a star? A team of astronomers studying Jupiter-mass binary objects (JuMBOs) in the Orion Nebula are gaining a new understanding of these unusual systems.

Telescopes Show the Milky Way’s Black Hole is Ready for a Kick
Telescopes Show the Milky Way’s Black Hole is Ready for a Kick
February 8, 2024 at 11:55 am | News Release

A new study may help settle the question of how rapidly the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole is spinning.

ALMA Gets a New Heartbeat
ALMA Gets a New Heartbeat
February 6, 2024 at 7:18 pm | Announcement

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has just received a “heart transplant,” high in the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile. ALMA, the most complex astronomical observatory ever built on Earth, installed a new hydrogen maser. Funded by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), this upgrade marks an essential investment, setting a new standard in reliability for observations.

First Recipient of Women in Engineering Fellowship Joins Staff of Central Development Laboratory
First Recipient of Women in Engineering Fellowship Joins Staff of Central Development Laboratory
January 30, 2024 at 1:51 pm | Announcement

Following a generous grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation, the Central Development Laboratory (CDL) at the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) has selected their first recipient of the postdoctoral Women in Engineering fellowship, Priyanka Mondal. The Women in Engineering program increases opportunities for women to enter the field of radio astronomy through engineering pathways.

New Details of Supermassive Black Hole’s Shadow Revealed
New Details of Supermassive Black Hole’s Shadow Revealed
January 18, 2024 at 10:00 am | News Release

The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration has released new images of supermassive black hole M87*. A recent paper published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics presents new images from data collected by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and several other instruments within the EHT. These new images show a bright ring surrounding a deep central depression, “the shadow of the black hole,” as predicted by general relativity.  Excitingly, the brightness peak of the ring has shifted by about 30º compared to the first images, which is consistent with scientists’ theoretical understanding of variability from turbulent material around black holes.

Early Evolution of Planetary Disk Structures Seen for the First Time
Early Evolution of Planetary Disk Structures Seen for the First Time
January 8, 2024 at 2:15 pm | News Release

An international team of astronomers have found ring and spiral structures in very young planetary disks, demonstrating that planet formation may begin much earlier than once thought. The results were presented today at the 243rd Meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

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