Posts from the Fringes
Arecibo radar images taken of 2006 SX217 on April 21, 2014. Each image represents three minutes of received data taken at 7.5 meter/pixel resolution. Earth is toward the bottom part of the frame. Credit: Alessondra Springmann, Patrick Taylor, Ellen Howell, USRA/NSF/NASA April 23, 2014
Molecules found with the GBT. Credit: B. Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF February 28, 2013
Astronomer-to-astronomer image. January 29, 2013

Manatee from Heaven

January 19, 2013



The National Radio Astronomy Observatory has finished a complete upgrade of the Very Large Array, arguably the world’s most versatile and powerful radio telescope array. New receivers, fiber optics, a blazing supercomputer…suffice it to say that this is not your grandmother’s VLA. To show off the new capabilities of the VLA, the education and public […]

Posted in: VLA

VLA Can Has Glam Shots?

November 29, 2012


Hercules A as seen by the VLA and HST. Be in love.

The new VLA is not your grandmother’s VLA. And we’ve got the pictures to prove it. Sure, the new Very Large Array looks exactly like the old Very Large Array. But appearances can be deceiving. In the gullets of these 28 antennas (27 working, with 1 to spare) are entirely new receivers. Under thousands of […]

Posted in: VLA

Signs of Intelligence Around Mars?

August 28, 2012



So, here’s a groovy story that came to my attention this weekend while I was visiting Green Bank, West Virginia. Green Bank was the founding site of America’s first national science facility, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Since 1957, Green Bank has been an active and diverse hub of radio astronomy and engineering. (Come visit!) […]

Posted in: Green Bank

Astrochemists:TNG Discover Lego of Life in Space

July 27, 2012


David Vasquez, Jolie Hirwe, Kennedy Johnson, and Nicole Sciortino beaming after announcing to the world that they'd detected a critical prebiotic molecule in space.

So, what did you do on your summer vacation? An extraordinary extraterrestrial story popped into my inbox the other day from our resident astrochemist, Tony Remijan, here at the NRAO. He announced plaintively that a group of chemistry summer students had discovered one of the most important of Earth’s pre-biotic precursor molecules… floating out in […]

Posted in: Green Bank

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