NRAO: National Radio Astronomy Observatory
March 2009 eNews Volume 2, Issue 3

The Atacama desert of northern Chile, site of the Joint ALMA Observatory (Credit: John Stoke NRAO/AUI).

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Upcoming NRAO Events

  • March 30 - April 2, 2009: SKA Calibration and Imaging Workshop, 2009
  • April 20-22, 2009: 20th International Symposium on Space THz Technology
  • April 29 - May 1, 2009: The 2009 NRAO Postdoctoral Symposium
  • May 26-28, 2009: The EVLA Vision: Stars On and Off the Main Sequence
  • May 26-29, 2009: Advancing Chemical Understanding through Astronomical Observations
  • June 8-12, 2009: Millimeter and Submillimeter Astronomy at High Angular Resolution
  • July 12-18, 2009: NAIC-NRAO School on Single-Dish Radio Astronomy
  • September 21-24, 2009: Assembly, Gas Content and Star Formation History of Galaxies


The Structure of the Milky Way An image of the Milky Way, taken by an observer in another galaxy, would probably reveal a spiral structure dotted with many bright HII regions, and an "educated guess" is that the Milky Way is a barred Sb to Sc galaxy. However, revealing the nature of this structure has proved elusive for decades... Read more... The Structure of the Milky Way
Travel Funding Opportunity for Early Career Scientists The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is offering an exceptional collaboration opportunity for students and young researchers pursuing interests relating to millimeter wave astronomy research and development. As part of its mentoring and outreach activities in support of international programs... Read more... Travel Funding Opportunity for Early Career Scientists
Workshop Announcement: Advancing Chemical Understanding through Astronomical Observations The newly-formed Center for Chemistry of the Universe (CCU), headquartered in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Virginia along with NRAO and the North American ALMA Science Center (NAASC) of Charlottesville, VA is holding a workshop at the NRAO Green Bank, WV site entitled: "Advancing Chemical Understanding through Astronomical Observations."... Read more... Workshop Announcement: Advancing Chemical Understanding through Astronomical Observations
NAASC 2009 Meeting Announcement In the last two decades, the availability of large ground-based and space-based facilities, and improved theoretical modeling, have led to significant advances in our understanding of star formation, the gas cycle in galaxies, and galaxy assembly and evolution over cosmic time... Read more... NAASC 2009 Meeting Announcement
ALMA Project Status Within weeks of the first Vertex antenna’s acceptance, it was outfitted with standard Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) backend from NRAO-Socorro, the engineering model front end from the East Asian Front End Integration Center, and elements of the water vapor radiometer and calibration device from Europe. The surface setting was verified by holography and reset for the appropriate elevation angle... Read more... ALMA Project Status
EVLA Project Status Antennas continue to be converted to the Expanded Very Large Array (EVLA) design. A total of 20 antennas are now used for scientific observations. EVLA antennas accounted for 71.4% of all antenna hours used in scientific observations in February 2009. The mechanical overhaul of the 21st antenna is well underway... Read more... EVLA Project Status
2009 Jansky Fellowships Awarded The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) Jansky Fellowship program provides outstanding opportunities for research in astronomy. Jansky Fellows formulate and carry out investigations either independently or in collaboration with others within the wide framework of interests of the Observatory... Read more... 2009 Jansky Fellowships Awarded
Lab Notebook: Simplifying Radio Astronomy Receivers The next generation of radio telescopes will need many more receivers than are used on current instruments, either to increase the field of view with focal-plane arrays of feeds or to increase collecting area with many more antennas. This requires that new receiver systems must be less expensive, smaller, and lighter, and consume less power without sacrificing the noise performance of the best current receivers... Read more... Lab Notebook: Simplifying Radio Astronomy Receivers
New Web Service Opens Astronomy Archive to Public The NRAO End-to-End Operations team has produced a new Web service that makes astronomical image archives easily accessible by the public through use of the Google Sky desktop application. The new service, called KML Now!, takes advantage of Virtual Observatory protocols to give users easy access to astronomical data in over 150 image archives covering the full electromagnetic spectrum, including seven NRAO image collections... Read more... New Web Service Opens Astronomy Archive to Public

Career Opportunities

  • ALMA Science Operations Astronomers
  • Assistant Scientist
  • Head of the Joint ALMA Observatory Archive Operations Group
  • Systems Astronomers - Joint ALMA Observatory
  • ALMA Commissioning Scientists
  • Assistant Scientist
  • CASA Group Supervisor
  • Cooperative Education Appointment (Engineering)
  • Joint ALMA Observatory Antenna Group Manager
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Engineer (KFPA)
  • Software Engineer II


Career Opportunities
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