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Green Bank Telescope Joins ‘Breakthrough Listen’ to Vastly Accelerate Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe


The National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope (GBT) will join in the most powerful, comprehensive, and intensive scientific search ever for signs of intelligent life in the Universe.
20-Jul-2015 7:30 AM EDT

Image Release: Astronomy Summer School Radar Observations Shine New Light on Near-Earth Asteroid


A team of scientists participating in a radio astronomy summer school had the unexpected opportunity to observe a recently discovered near-Earth asteroid as it zipped past our planet on July 7.
14-Jul-2015 9:00 AM EDT

ALMA Weighs Supermassive Black Hole at Center of Distant Spiral Galaxy

Astronomers using ALMA have measured the mass of the supermassive black hole at the center of NGC 1097 -- a barred spiral galaxy located approximately 45 million light-years away in the direction of the constellation Fornax
18-Jun-2015 5:05 AM EDT

Astronomers 'Unscramble' Einstein Ring to Reveal Most Detailed View Ever of Star Formation in the Distant Universe

ALMA’s Long Baseline Campaign produced spectacular images of the distant, gravitationally lensed galaxy called HATLAS J090311.6+003906, otherwise known as SDP.81. New analyses of these images reveal details never before seen in a galaxy so remote,...
5-Jun-2015 4:30 PM EDT

ALMA Discovers Proto Super Star Cluster -- a Cosmic 'Dinosaur Egg' About to Hatch

Astronomers using ALMA have discovered what may be the first known example of a globular cluster about to be born: an incredibly massive, extremely dense, yet star-free cloud of molecular gas.
7-May-2015 11:00 AM EDT

Pulsar with Widest Orbit Ever Detected


A team of highly determined high school students discovered a never-before-seen pulsar by painstakingly analyzing data from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). Further observations by astronomers...
1-May-2015 11:00 AM EDT

NRAO and Partners Select 2015 Class for ‘Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program’


A collation of leading U.S. astronomy organizations and observatories has selected its first class of educators who will travel to Chile as part of the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP).
29-Apr-2015 11:30 AM EDT

ALMA Reveals Intense Magnetic Field Close to Supermassive Black Hole


The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has revealed an extremely powerful magnetic field, beyond anything previously detected in the core of a galaxy, very close to the event horizon of a supermassive black hole.
16-Apr-2015 2:00 PM EDT

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