Residing in the heart of a dwarf galaxy four billion light years away is a mysterious cosmological object producing bursts of energy that only last a few milliseconds. New research about this Fast Radio Burst (FRB) has revealed a rarely seen astronomical environment around its source, where magnetic fields twist, turn, and undulate over time. This is the first detection of a magnetic field reversal observed from an FRB, and the first time this behavior has been observed in another galaxy.(more…)
NSF Telescopes Image M87’s Supermassive Black Hole and Massive Jet Together for the First Time
Observations also revealed that the supermassive black hole’s ring is bigger than imagined
Scientists studying the supermassive black hole at the heart of the M87 galaxy have revealed the origins of the monster’s powerful jet and imaged the jet and its source together for the first time. What’s more, the observations have revealed that the black hole’s ring is much larger than scientists previously believed. The observations published today in Nature.(more…)
West Virginia, Green Bank Observatory, Revitalize Workforce Through Apprenticeships
More and more students are turning away from college and toward apprenticeships.
Today, the nation’s colleges and universities enroll about 15 million undergraduate students, while companies employ about 800,000 apprentices. But federal data shows that in the past decade college enrollment has declined by about 15 percent, while the number of apprentices has increased by more than 50 percent.(more…)
The Astrophotography of West Virginia’s Dave Green
“I’m a coal miner… with a camera.”
Story and photos by Dave Green
Can We Modernize the National Radio Quiet Zone?
A new Request for Information (RFI) has been issued by the National Science Foundation (NSF), taking first steps to develop effective strategies for improving communications in the National Radio Quiet Zone (NRQZ).(more…)