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The Green Bank Telescope Discovering Interstellar Organic Molecules

aromatic molecule benzonitrile was detected by the GBT in the Taurus Molecular Cloud 1 (TMC-1). Credit: B. McGuire, B. Saxton (NRAO/AUI/NSF)

Image: The aromatic molecule benzonitrile was detected by the GBT in the Taurus Molecular Cloud 1 (TMC-1). Credit: B. McGuire, B. Saxton (NRAO/AUI/NSF) Summary: Astronomers using the Green Bank Telescope have made the first definitive interstellar detection of benzonitrile, an intriguing organic molecule that helps to chemically link simple carbon-based molecules and truly massive ones…

Swarm of Hydrogen Clouds Flying Away from Center of our Galaxy

hydrogen clouds expanding from center of Milky Way galaxy

Photo Source: S. Brunier; Design & Illustration: P. Vosteen (CC BY-ND) A team of astronomers has discovered what appears to be a grand exodus of more than 100 hydrogen clouds streaming away from the center of the Milky Way and heading into intergalactic space. This observation, made with the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope…

Astronomers peer into the lair of a mysterious source of cosmic radio bursts

fast radio burst and Green Bank Telescope

Artist concept of fast radio burst. Image Credit: Design: Danielle Futselaar; photo usage: shutterstock.com Green Bank, January 10, 2018 – Using two of the world’s largest radio telescopes, an international team of astronomers have gained new insight into the extreme home of a mysterious source of cosmic radio bursts.  The discovery suggests that the source…

The Observer: Volume II, Issue 1

Download a PDF of the newsletter Director’s News We have just finished our first full calendar year as the Green Bank Observatory. It has been an incredibly busy year filled with many accomplishments, including the first high frequency seasons of the MUSTANG-2 and ARGUS high frequency instruments, and the commissioning of FLAG (and its associated…

The Observer – Volume I, Issue 4

Download the print (PDF) version of this newsletter. This month marks both the 60th anniversary of the dedication of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory here in Green Bank, and the one-year anniversary of the creation of the Green Bank Observatory. On October 17, 1957, the National Radio Astronomy Observatory came into existence. Over the past…