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NRAO, WVU Expand Broadband Data Network to Bolster Astronomy Research


Two of West Virginia’s premier research institutions, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank and West Virginia University (WVU) in Morgantown, have inaugurated a new super high-speed broadband data network to bolster...
4/9/2014 1:55 PM EDT

NRAO March Tip Sheet


Astronomers Make Best Measurement Yet of Distance to Galactic Center; VEGAS Is a Good Bet to Study the Cosmos; Protoplanetary Disks ‘Bulge’ in Complex and Asymmetrical Ways.
3/26/2014 10:00 AM EDT

‘Death Stars’ in Orion Blast Planets Before They Even Form


A team of astronomers from Canada and the United States used ALMA to study the often deadly relationship between highly luminous O-type stars and nearby protostars in the Orion Nebula. Their data reveal that protostars within 0.1 light-years (about...
3/10/2014 10:00 AM EDT

ALMA Sees Icy Wreckage in Nearby Solar System


Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope have discovered the splattered remains of comets colliding together around a nearby star; the researchers believe they are witnessing the total destruction of one of...
3/6/2014 2:00 PM EST

NRAO Media Tip Sheet: Science, Engineering, and Technology Milestones


Topics in this issue: 1. Discovery of Extended Radio Emission from Merging Galaxy Clusters: 2. Radio Astronomy Innovation Promises Big Boost to Data Transmission: 3. From Dust and Gas to Disks and Planets (2014 AAAS Meeting Symposium): 4. Galaxy...
2/6/2014 2:00 PM EST

River or Hydrogen Flowing through Space Seen with Green Bank Telescope


Using the National Science Foundation’s Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT), astronomer D.J. Pisano from West Virginia University has discovered what could be a never-before-seen river of hydrogen flowing through space. This very faint, very...
1/27/2014 3:00 PM EST

Supernova's Super Dust Factory Imaged with ALMA


Striking new observations with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope capture, for the first time, the remains of a recent supernova brimming with freshly formed dust. If enough of this dust makes the perilous transition...
1/3/2014 1:00 PM EST

Hidden Details Revealed in Nearby Starburst Galaxy


Using the new, high-frequency capabilities of the National Science Foundation’s Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT), astronomers have captured never-before-seen details of the nearby starburst galaxy M82. These new data highlight streamers...
12/9/2013 2:00 PM EST

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