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.
Three million years ago the fault regions of the Sierra Nevada and White Mountains began their thunderous rise. Their…
University of the West Indies student Brianna Sampson finds than more than a thousand Giant Radio Galaxies could be hidden in the data of a radio sky survey.
University of the West Indies student Kavita Gosine Bissessar hunts for asymmetrical DRAGNs in the VLA Sky Survey.
University of Arizona student Swapnaneel Dey looks at the metallicity of interstellar clouds in our galaxy.
When a distant quasar was found to have two sources, University of Washington student Anaïs Martin wanted to find out why.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a simple molecule, just one carbon atom closely bound to one oxygen. Neither of these…
When the morning sun rises over the lands of the United States, it rises first over St. Croix. Located…
Interstellar Comet 2I/BorisovArtist impression of the interstellar comet 2I/Borisov as it travels through our solar system. This mysterious visitor from the depths of space is the first conclusively identified comet from another star. The comet consists of a loose agglomeration of ices and dust particles, and is likely no more than 3,200 feet across, about the length of nine football fields. Gas is ejected out of the comet as it approaches the Sun and is heated up.
NRAO Making Waves
Announcements and Achievements
German Astronomers Share Proposed Science for the ngVLA
Over the course of two scientific meetings, held in 2022 and 2023, German astronomers have collected 41 highly compelling science cases involving 57 unique authors from 19 German institutions, all aspiring to use the ngVLA.
NAC Student Researchers Receive Prestigious Chambliss Medals at AAS 243
Two student researchers from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory’s National Astronomy Consortium (NAC) program were each awarded the prestigious…
ALMA Gets a New Heartbeat
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
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.
A galaxy is an island of stars floating on a plate of dark matter, or so the theory goes.
Hear from folks who work at NRAO about the many paths we’ve taken to get here. You don’t have to be a scientist or engineer to be part of our exciting mission!