Something done routinely for decades — move VLA antennas into a new configuration — suddenly became challenging because of COVID-19. With careful planning and a lot of teamwork, the NRAO staff got the job done to keep the scientific research going.
A central mission of the NRAO is to nurture and inspire the next generation of radio astronomers. One way NRAO does this is through the Jansky Fellowship Program.
An international team of astronomers has created the most detailed map yet of the atmosphere of the red supergiant star Antares.
A cosmic measurement technique independent of all others adds strong evidence pointing to a problem with the current theoretical model describing the composition and evolution of the Universe.
Some young, still-forming stars are surrounded by regions of complex organic molecules called “hot corinos.” In some pairs of young stars forming together as binary pairs, astronomers found a hot corino around one, but not the other. Guessing that the unseen one might be obscured by dust, researchers studied such a pair with the VLA at radio wavelengths that readily pass through dust, and found the other one.
Analysis of two cosmic explosions indicates to astronomers that the pair, along with a puzzling blast from 2018, constitute a new type of event, with similarities to some supernovae and gamma-ray bursts, but also with significant differences.