An international team of astronomers has extended the reach of the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Breakthrough Listen project, thanks to data from the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope (GBT.)
The Green Bank Telescope weighs in at 17 million pounds, making it one of the largest movable manmade structures on Earth. Photo credit Jay Young.
The National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope (GBT) is one of the world’s largest moving structures. Sixteen wheels carry 17 million pounds on a steel track atop a concrete foundation, allowing it to rotate to pinpoint planets, stars, asteroids, and other astronomical phenomena across the Universe. A new award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will ensure it continues operating smoothly.(more…)
In April 2017, as the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration prepared to point the world’s most powerful radio telescopes at the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole, Sagittarius A*, the team calibrated its instruments by observing another cosmic target. Located about 3.7 billion light-years away, J1924–2914 is a blazar: an active black hole that ejects a jet of particles and radiation toward Earth.(more…)
Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI) and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) have awarded the 2022 Karl G. Jansky Lectureship to Professor Françoise Combes, Chair of Galaxies and Cosmology at the College of France and Astronomer at the Paris Observatory. The Jansky Lectureship is an honor established by the trustees of AUI to recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement of radio astronomy.(more…)
In July, the Green Bank Telescope suffered damage to the prime focus boom of the telescope’s feed arm, a moveable part of the structure that works in conjunction with its collection of receivers.(more…)