National Radio Astronomy Observatory
Volume 3, Issue 1 eNews January 28, 2010
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  • Feb. 1 5:00 PM EST: NRAO Proposal Deadline
  • Feb. 1: Summer Student Application Deadline
  • Mar. 22–25: SKA2010 - International SKA Science and Engineering Meeting
  • Jun. 8–15: 12th Synthesis Imaging Workshop NRAO & New Mexico Tech


Call for Proposals: The NRAO announces the Call for Proposals for trimester 2010B. The call is open now and will close on February 1, 2010 at 17:00 EST (22:00 UTC)... Read more...

Approved Science Program: Trimester 2010-A: The October 2009 call for proposals, covering the first trimester of 2010, included a number of new capabilities. Expanded Very Large Array (EVLA) Early Science is expected to begin in March 2010 following the shutdown of the old VLA correlator and the transfer of hardware to the new EVLA WIDAR correlator. Similarly, the new DiFX software correlator, with increased science capabilities, will go into routine operation for Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) programs... Read more... Approved Science Program: Trimester 2010-A
2010 Jansky Lectureship: The National Radio Astronomy Observatory invites nominations for the 2010 Jansky Lectureship... The Karl G. Jansky Lectureship is an honor established by the trustees of Associated Universities, Inc. to recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement of radio astronomy. First awarded in 1966, it is named in honor of Karl G. Jansky who, in 1932, first detected radio waves from a cosmic source... Read more...
ALMA Capabilities Grow, Commissioning Begins: As 2009 drew to a close, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) passed a key milestone to cap a year that had begun with the first detection of radio waves by a single antenna. ALMA astronomers and engineers worked together to successfully link three antennas at the 5000m (16,500 ft) elevation Array Operations Site (AOS) in northern Chile. This first step on the path to the sensitive, precise, high-resolution imaging which will be an ALMA hallmark demonstrated the success of the full electronic and software system now being installed... Read more... ALMA Capabilities Grow, Commissioning Begins
EVLA Observation Preparation Tool v1.0 Released: The current transition from the VLA correlator to the new EVLA WIDAR correlator introduces changes in the way observations are being prepared. Previously, observations using the VLA correlator were prepared with the JObserve software, but the new expanded range receiver tuning and configuring of the very flexible WIDAR correlator has required the development of a new web-based application: the Observation Preparation Tool (OPT)... Read more... EVLA Observation Preparation Tool v1.0 Released
CASA Update: The Common Astronomy Software Applications (CASA) package, being developed by NRAO and ALMA, will be used for offline reduction and analysis of both ALMA and EVLA data. The first non-beta version of CASA, R3.0.0, was released on 2009 December 23. Linux and MacOS (10.5 and 10.6) distributions are available from the portal... Read more... CASA Update
2010 Helen B. Warner Prize for Astronomy: I am very pleased and proud to announce that Scott Ransom has been awarded the 2010 Helen B. Warner Prize for Astronomy by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) "for a significant contribution to observational or theoretical astronomy during the five years preceding the award."... Read more... 2010 Helen B. Warner Prize for Astronomy
Public Outreach: Reaching Out, More: As the NRAO prepares for the coming impacts of the EVLA, ALMA, and other wonderful developments, our Education & Public Outreach (EPO) team is organizing itself with enhanced abilities to engage a geographically diverse community of students and science-interested public in the adventure. We formally distinguish between two threads of effort, News & Public Information and Education... Read more...
From the Archives: Machining the azimuth bearing box for Very Large Array (VLA) antenna #4 in Hobbs, NM, January 1976. The VLA antenna contractor was E-Systems, Garland Division, Dallas, Texas. They used a fabrication plant in Hobbs belonging to Structures, Inc. to fabricate the various steel antenna structural parts, and parts were then shipped to the VLA for final assembly. Thanks to Lew Serna for background information on this photo... Read more... From the Archives

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