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Gigantic Explosion Buried in Dust: Alma Probes Environment Around Gamma Ray Bursts

Researchers using ALMA report the first-ever detection of molecular gas -- the fuel for star formation -- in two galaxies that were previously rocked by gamma ray bursts (GRBs), the brightest explosions in the Universe.
11-Jun-2014 1:00 PM EDT

ALMA Upgrade to Supercharge Event Horizon Telescope, Astronomy’s ‘Killer App’

Scientists recently upgraded the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) by installing an ultraprecise atomic clock at ALMA’s Array Operations Site, home to the observatory’s supercomputing correlator. This upgrade will eventually...
4-Jun-2014 3:10 PM EDT

Failed Dwarf Galaxy Survives Galactic Collision Thanks to Full Dark-Matter Jacket


A high-velocity hydrogen cloud hurtling toward the Milky Way appears to be encased in a shell of dark matter, according to a new analysis of data from the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope (GBT).
23-May-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Image Release: New Radar Images Uncover Remarkable Features Below the Surface of the Moon


New images of Earth’s Moon reveal more than can be seen with the naked eye, thanks to the combined efforts of the two largest radio telescopes of their kind -- the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia...
14-May-2014 4:10 PM EDT

NRAO May Tip Sheet


GBT Makes Arecibo Connection to Image Asteroid: The GBT and Arecibo combine to make radar images of a rapidly fleeing asteroid; Global Telescope Array Links Successfully with GBT: The GBT successfully linked with a network of millimeter-wavelength...
8-May-2014 2:10 PM EDT

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...
9-Apr-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.
26-Mar-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...
10-Mar-2014 10:00 AM EDT

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