The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and the Green Bank Observatory (GBO) are saddened by the announcement of the decommissioning of the Arecibo Telescope in Puerto Rico due to recent and devastating structural damage. See the National Science Foundation’s full release here.
West Virginia University recently announced that a $1.7 million National Science Foundation grant will be used to construct a new telescope at the Green Bank Observatory. This new instrument will be used in association with the Canadian Hydrogen Intensity Mapping Experiment, or CHIME, telescope, which is located half a continent away in British Columbia. CHIME’s focus is studying Fast Radio Bursts, or FRBs. The new instrument at Green Bank will work with the existing CHIME telescope to triangulate the locations of FRBs.
Three scientists won the 2020 Nobel Prize in physics for their study of the super massive black hole that sits at the center of our galaxy. This black hole, Sagittarius A*, as it’s known, was first discovered as a bright radio object in 1974 at the Green Bank Observatory.