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Herschel Space Observatory Running On Fumes
2013-03-05 15:58:38

The ESA says its Herschel Space Observatory is beginning to wrap up its mission, explaining that the flagship space observatory is running on the last fumes of its supply of liquid helium coolant and will be empty in the coming weeks.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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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