National Radio Astronomy Observatory

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory, (NRAO) was formed in 1956 and headquartered in Charlottesville, North Carolina. NRAO is funded by the National Science Foundation and operates in Green Bank, West Virginia, Socorro, New Mexico, Tucson, Arizona and Santiago, Chile. Each site is managed by a high level research activity university in the locale. NRAO funds the installation and maintenance of telescopes, labs and research to improve the science of astronomy. Charlottesville is home to the North American ALMA Science Center and NRAO Technology Center.

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Radio telescopes unravel mystery of nova gamma rays

Highly-detailed radio-telescope images have pinpointed the locations where a stellar explosion called a nova emitted gamma rays, the most energetic form of electromagnetic waves. The discovery revealed a probable mechanism ...

dateOct 08, 2014 in Astronomy
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Infant solar system shows signs of windy weather

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have observed what may be the first-ever signs of windy weather around a T Tauri star, an infant analog of our own Sun. This may help explain why some ...

dateSep 22, 2014 in Astronomy
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Half of all exoplanet host stars are binaries

( —Imagine living on an exoplanet with two suns. One, you orbit and the other is a very bright, nearby neighbor looming large in your sky. With this "second sun" in the sky, nightfall might be a rare event, perhaps ...

dateSep 04, 2014 in Astronomy
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