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$2M Donated By Former Student To Boost SKA Science
2013-01-16 11:06:06

International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research A former science student of The University of Western Australia has donated $2 million to fund a new research position that will help shed light on some of the biggest mysteries in the Universe. Retired oil executive Dr Jim Buckee, who gained a BSc Honors at UWA in 1967 and a PhD in Astrophysics at Britain´s Oxford University in 1970, has made the stellar donation to fund UWA post-doctoral research for what will be the world´s...

Green Light For ALMA Early Science Cycle 1
2013-01-10 11:56:58

European Southern Observatory (ESO) ALMA (the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) has begun a new and more advanced phase of science observations. This phase is known as Early Science Cycle 1, and will last until October 2013. The telescope´s power has been greatly increased: it will make observations with more antennas, spread over a greater distance, than ever before, and will use antennas from the Atacama Compact Array (ACA) for the first time. Although ALMA is still...

2013-01-03 10:58:57

With its 2160 liters of liquid helium about to run out, the Herschel Space Observatory will, by the end of March, become just another piece of space junk. In January´s Physics World, Steve Eales, a University of Cardiff astronomer who leads one of the telescope´s largest surveys, explains how this space facility has advanced our understanding of star and galaxy formation. Submillimeter wavelength astronomy -- the kind of astronomy that the European Space Agency´s Herschel...

ALMA Correlator Supercomputer Turns Man Antennas Into One Giant Telescope
2012-12-21 10:45:51

[ Watch the Video: All Systems Go for Highest Altitude Supercomputer ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online When one begins to search for the origins of the universe, it helps to be well-equipped and as close to the heavens as possible. Therefore, the Atacama Large Millimeter/sub-millimeter Array (or ALMA) has been built high up in the martian-esque landscape of the Atacama desert of northern Chile. Each of these 66 radio telescopes (or giant antennas) are used...

Germany Approved As Tenth Member Of The SKA Organisation
2012-12-20 12:27:09

Square Kilometre Array Ten countries now involved in the pre-construction phase of the world´s largest telescope The Board of Directors of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Organisation has approved Germany, represented by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), as the tenth member of the organization to participate in the detailed design of the SKA telescope. The SKA will be the largest and most sensitive radio telescope ever built. It will enable astronomers to...

Students Use Radio Telescope To Explore The Universe
2012-12-10 21:36:49

National Radio Astronomy Observatory A new program is giving middle-school-aged youth the chance to take remote control of a large, research-grade radio telescope and expand their cosmic explorations beyond what the eye can see. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory's (NRAO) 20-meter-diameter telescope in Green Bank, West Virginia, is joining a global network of telescopes bringing the excitement of hands-on research to young people via 4-H, the nation's largest youth development...

Final US Antenna Dishes For ALMA Delivered
2012-11-21 05:07:52

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It has taken more than a decade of design and construction, but North America has finally delivered the last of 25 antenna dishes, marking an important milestone in the construction of an observatory astronomers are using to open up a "final frontier" of the spectrum of visible light to exploration. The dishes are 12-meters in diameter, and comprise the North American share of antennas for the international ALMA telescope. Stretching...

Citizen Scientist For theSkyNet Gets Once In A Lifetime Experience
2012-11-05 09:11:40

International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research Last week the top contributor to citizen science initiative theSkyNet traveled to the heart of the West Australian outback to visit the future site of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope. Mr Kim Hawtin, top contributor to the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) project, was awarded this rare opportunity as part of theSkyNet´s first anniversary celebrations in September. ICRAR Outreach and...

Black Hole Blows Giant Plasma Bubble Like A Child Blowing Bubble Gum
2012-10-29 11:51:02

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The team at ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, has been pointing their low Frequency Array (or LOFAR) telescope at the sky since 2010, using bands of low frequencies to observe the heavens. With LOFAR, ASTRON is able to look deep into the heavens for signals of galaxies and other far away objects that haven´t yet reached earth. Now, after using a new, international version of LOFAR, called (ILT), the...

Australia Unveils ASKAP Telescope
2012-10-05 21:32:55

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Australia has unveiled a new $155 million telescope that could start to capture radio images as soon as today. The Australian Square Kilometer Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) is one of the world's fastest telescopes and sits in Australia's outback. ASKAP has 36 antennas with a diameter of 40 feet each and forms part of the world's biggest radio telescope projects. The telescope is located at the Murchison Radio-Astronomy...

Latest ASTRON Reference Libraries

2004-10-19 04:45:43

Radio Astronomy -- Radio astronomy is the study of celestial phenomena through measurement of the characteristics of radio waves emitted by physical processes occurring in space. Radio waves are much longer than light waves. In order to receive good signals, radio astronomy requires large antennas. Radio astronomy is a relatively new field of astronomical research. The earliest investigations into extraterrestrial sources of radio waves were by Karl Guthe Jansky, an engineer with Bell...

2014-01-11 00:00:00

Space Telescope Science Institute -- STScI mission statement: We bring the cosmos to Earth We carry out this vision by empowering the astronomy community to produce new scientific discoveries and by bringing the benefits of this research to the public. We make the best astronomical facilities productive for the largest number of scientists, and we promote new missions with the greatest potential for unlocking the secrets of the universe. We have done this with HST, and we will do the...

2004-10-19 04:45:40

National Radio Astronomy Observatory -- The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is a research facility of the U.S. National Science Foundation. They provide state-of-the-art radio telescope facilities for use by the scientific community. They conceive, design, build, operate and maintain radio telescopes used by scientists from around the world. Scientists use their facilities to study virtually all types of astronomical objects known, from planets and comets in our own Solar...

2004-10-19 04:45:40

European Southern Observatory -- ESO, the European Southern Observatory, was created in 1962 to: "establish and operate an astronomical observatory in the southern hemisphere, equipped with powerful instruments, with the aim of furthering and organising collaboration in astronomy". ESO is supported by Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and United Kingdom. Other countries have expressed interest to become a member as well. ESO...

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