Pulsar Jackpot Reveals Globular Cluster’s Inner Structure

Terzan 5 glboular cluster

The Milky Way is chock-full of star clusters. Some contain just a few tens-to-hundreds of young stars. Others, known as globular clusters, are among the oldest objects in the Universe and contain up to a million ancient stars. Some globular clusters are thought to be fragments of our galaxy, chiseled off when the Milky Way…

Image Release: New Radar Map Reveals the Moon’s Hidden Geology

lo-resoultion - lunar southeastern highlands

As the public prepares for the upcoming eclipse, astronomers have released a striking new radar view of the Moon. Researchers from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum are using radio telescopes at the Arecibo Observatory and Green Bank Observatory to map the Moon with radar. The radar signals, transmitted from the Arecibo telescope and…

GBT Captures Orion Blazing Bright in Radio Light

Orion composite view

A team of astronomers has unveiled a striking new image of the Orion Molecular Cloud (OMC) – a bustling stellar nursery teeming with bright, young stars and dazzling regions of hot, glowing gas. The researchers used the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia to study a 50 light-year long filament…

Green Bank Telescope Aids in Finding Lost Spacecraft

Finding a tiny lost space-craft at a distance of 270,000 miles away may seem impossible, but NASA scientists have done just that. Using a new radar technique, they have located India’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft which has been lost since August 2009, the last time any communication was received from it. Chandrayaan-1, India’s first mission to the…

06/29/2016: Clandestine Black Hole May Represent New Population

Astronomers combined data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope and the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) [and the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope] to find out that there is a peculiar source of radio waves originally thought to be a distant galaxy. As it turns out,…