NRAO: National Radio Astronomy Observatory
November 2008 eNews Volume 1, Issue 6
First prize winner of the 2008 AUI/NRAO Image Contest. A radio-submillimeter-infrared composite of the Milky Way's complex and fascinating central region. The image shows the relationships among hot, massive star formation, supernova remnants, cold molecular gas, and magnetic fields in the region near our Galaxy's central black hole.
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Upcoming NRAO Events

  • December 16-18, 2008: The EVLA Vision: Galaxies through Cosmic Time
  • January 5-8, 2009: National Radio Science Meeting
  • January 7, 2009: NRAO Town Hall & Reception
  • January 26, 2009: NRAO Summer Student Research Assistantships Deadline
  • February 2, 2009: NRAO Proposal Deadline (GBT, VLA, VLBA)
  • April 20-22, 2009: 20th International Symposium on Space THz Technology


ALMA ConstructionALMA Construction Seven Vertex antennas and four Mitsubishi Electric Company (Melco) antennas are now on the ALMA site in northern Chile. Six of these 11 antennas are visible in the panorama above (left center). Five antennas are in various stages of construction in the Vertex Site Erection Facility (SEF, left center); two Vertex antennas are being tested just outside the building... Read more...

EVLA Prototype Correlator Tests: Impact on ObserversEVLA Prototype Correlator Tests: Impact on Observers The 4-station WIDAR prototype correlator is undergoing extensive testing at the Very Large Array (VLA), leading up to the WIDAR Critical Design Review on 2-3 December 2008. While many of these tests may be carried out during software or maintenance time, some will encroach on dynamically scheduled observations, leading to the loss of 4 antennas... Read more...

Career OpportunitiesCareer Opportunities

  • NRAO Tenure Track Astronomer
  • ALMA Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Software Engineer (KFPA)
  • Software Engineer
  • Deputy Assistant Director, Green Bank Operations (Scientist/A)
  • Assistant Scientist (CASA Scientific Software Developer)
  • Software Engineer
  • CASA Group Supervisor
  • Engineer II
  • System Engineers
  • Lead Systems Engineer
  • Head of GBT Science Operations
  • NAASC Scientist - CASA Scientific Software Developer
  • NAASC Scientist - Commissioning Liaison
  • NAASC Postdoctoral Fellow - Splatalogue
  • NAASC Postdoctoral Fellow - CASA
  • ALMA Commissioning Scientists


Future of U.S. Radio Astronomy Committee Report ReleasedFuture of U.S. Radio Astronomy Committee Report Released In 2007, Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI) convened a Committee on the Future of U.S. Radio Astronomy, chaired by Professor Dick McCray, of the University of Colorado. The goal of the committee was to consider the likely scientific directions for astronomy and astrophysics in the next decade and, more specifically, the place of radio astronomy in helping answer the key science questions... Read more...

NRAO Lab Notebook: Phased Array Feed ResearchNRAO Lab Notebook: Phased Array Feed Research Development work on phased array feeds shifted into high gear a couple of years ago, most notably in Australia, the Netherlands, Canada, and the United States. Phased array feeds (PAFs) promise to make much greater use of the information falling on the focal plane of a radio telescope than occurs with horn feeds or arrays... Read more...

20th International Symposium on Space THz Technology20th International Symposium on Space THz Technology NRAO is co-sponsoring the 20th International Symposium on Space THz Technology next April 20-22 in Charlottesville, Virginia at the Omni Hotel... Read more...

2009 National Radio Science Meeting2009 National Radio Science Meeting The annual National Radio Science Meeting, sponsored by the U.S. National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (URSI) will be held January 5-8, 2009 in Boulder, CO... Read more...

AUI/NRAO Announce 2008 Image Contest PrizesAUI/NRAO Announce 2008 Image Contest Prizes Associated Universities, Inc. and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory are pleased to announce and congratulate the prize recipients of the 2008 AUI/NRAO Image Contest... Read more...

New ALMA Public Website DebutsNew ALMA Public Website Debuts After months of effort, ALMA has a new website for the public,, released on October 30. This task was achieved by the Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) EPO (Education & Public Outreach) department with the support of the Executives' (ESO, NAOJ, and NRAO) EPO departments... Read more...


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