The Future Of Radio Astronomy, With Special Guest Dr. Matt Lister

August 5, 2013

John P. Millis, PhD for – Your Universe Online

The field of astronomy is ever evolving. Researchers are always thinking about ways to advance the field and build bigger, better, more sensitive instruments to advance their study.

To get a better picture of what the future of radio astronomy holds, I’m once again joined by Purdue University Physicist and Astronomer Matt Lister. In today’s Your Universe Today podcast series, we take a look at the latest experiments being developed by radio astronomers and what the future of the field may hold. We also discuss some of the exciting science on the horizon and look at the some of the big questions that astronomers hope to answer in the coming decades.


Prof. Matthew Lister obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in physics at the University of Toronto and University of Victoria, Canada, with a specialization in astrophysics. After completing his Ph.D. studies in astronomy at Boston University, he joined the U.S. Space VLBI project as a Caltech postdoctoral fellow at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab. There he played a lead role in carrying out the first complete survey of extragalactic jets done with the U.S.-Japanese space-ground VSOP radio interferometer array.

While a Karl Jansky Fellow at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, he became principal investigator of the MOJAVE project, a large program to study the structure and evolution of highly relativistic jetted outflows using several NASA satellites and the Very Long Baseline Array.

Matthew joined the faculty of Purdue University in 2003 and is currently an associate professor in the Physics department.