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Woodstar Labs Welcomes New Wave of Cyber Analysts

Woodstar Labs, a subsidiary of AUI focused on cutting-edge-cybersecurity solutions, microelectronics, eLearning, and STEM education welcomes a new cohort of Cyber Analysts. Woodstar labs is excited to work with this talented group of young professionals as we continue to expand our capabilities and initiatives. Brendon Shao Brendon is our newest team member who joined Woodstar …

AUI Statement on Racial Equity

As the nation continues to mourn and respond to the unjust death of George Floyd, there is no doubt that violent race-related incidents and the subsequent protests and clashes are the most urgent need for us as a society to address. Further, to address them, we must acknowledge that these are just the latest incidents …

ALMA Discovers Massive Rotating Disk in Early Universe

In our 13.8 billion-year-old universe, most galaxies like our Milky Way form gradually, reaching their large mass relatively late. But a new discovery made with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)  of a massive rotating disk galaxy, seen when the universe was only ten percent of its current age, challenges the traditional models of galaxy …

Astronomers Discover New Class of Cosmic Explosions

Astronomers have found two objects that, added to a strange object discovered in 2018, constitute a new class of cosmic explosions. The new type of explosion shares some characteristics with supernova explosions of massive stars and with the explosions that generate gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), but still has distinctive differences from each. The saga began in …

2020 AUI Scholarship Winners

Below are the winners of the 2020 AUI Scholarship conducted by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. These students will each receive an award of $3,500 per year to aid in defraying expenses at the college or university of their choice. Lexington Miller Lexington is a senior at East River High School in Orlando, Florida, …

The Strange Orbits of ‘Tatooine’ Planetary Disks

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)  have found striking orbital geometries in protoplanetary disks around binary stars. While disks orbiting the most compact binary star systems share very nearly the same plane, disks encircling wide binaries have orbital planes that are severely tilted. These systems can teach us about planet formation in complex …

NRAO Grote Reber Fellow Thankful Cromartie Receives Prestigious Einstein Fellowship

Thankful Cromartie, a NRAO Grote Reber doctoral fellow at the University of Virginia’s Department of Astronomy, has received an Einstein Fellowship under the prestigious NASA Hubble Fellowship Program (NHFP). The program enables outstanding postdoctoral scientists to pursue independent astrophysical research. Each fellowship provides the awardee up to three years of support. The Einstein Fellowship is …

Something is Lurking in the Heart of Quasar 3C 279

Event Horizon Telescope Images of a Black-Hole Powered Jet One year ago, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration published the first image of a black hole in the nearby radio galaxy M 87. Now the collaboration has extracted new information from the EHT data on the distant quasar 3C 279: they observed the finest detail …

Astronomers Measure Wind Speed on a Brown Dwarf

Astronomers have used the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) and NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope to make the first measurement of wind speed on a brown dwarf — an object intermediate in mass between a planet and a star. Based on facts known about the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn in …

NRAO’s Central Development Laboratory: Making the Invisible Visible

The team at CDL pushes the limits of engineering to help NRAO see the universe in new and powerful ways. Nestled among the hills of the University of Virginia campus are a couple of nondescript buildings. They are home to NRAO’s Central Development Laboratory (CDL). The buildings are easy to overlook, just as it is …

ALMA Reveals Unusual Composition of Interstellar Comet 2I/Borisov

2I/Borisov likely formed in extremely cold environment, high amounts of carbon monoxide show A galactic visitor entered our solar system last year – interstellar comet 2I/Borisov. When astronomers pointed the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) toward the comet on 15 and 16 December 2019, for the first time they directly observed the chemicals stored inside …

AUI Trustee Dr. Gilda Barabino Selected as Second President of Olin College

Dear Olin Community, As you are aware, Olin has joined many other colleges in moving its operations online in order to help the public health effort to stem the COVID-19 pandemic. It is the right thing to do during this challenging time, and similar moves and restrictions are impacting the daily lives of millions across …

Big Astronomy Wins Big

Big Astronomy wins “Best Astronomy Education” Award in the Dome Under Fulldome Film Festival. Melbourne: The Dome Under Fulldome Film Festival hosted its first planetarium film fest in Melbourne, Australia, on February 8 – 9. Big Astronomy: People Places Discoveries, a planetarium film funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and produced by the California …

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IAU-NRF Regional Office of Astronomy for Development Launched in North America

The North American Regional Office of Astronomy for Development was officially established on 29th January 2020 at a signing ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa. The event was attended by the President of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and marked the formation of the eleventh Regional Office of Astronomy for Development. The ceremony, attended by …

Astronomers Find Wandering Massive Black Holes in Dwarf Galaxies

Roughly half of the newly-discovered black holes are not at the centers of their galaxies Credit: Sophia Dagnello, NRAO/AUI/NSF Astronomers seeking to learn about the mechanisms that formed massive black holes in the early history of the Universe have gained important new clues with the discovery of 13 such black holes in dwarf galaxies less …

ALMA Spots Most Distant Dusty Galaxy Hidden in Plain Sight

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have spotted the light of a massive galaxy seen only 970 million years after the Big Bang. This galaxy, called MAMBO-9, is the most distant dusty star-forming galaxy that has ever been observed without the help of a gravitational lens . Dusty star-forming galaxies are the most …

AUI Trustee, Gabriela González Named 2019 SEC Professor of the Year

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Dr. Gabriela González, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University, has been named the 2019 SEC Professor of the Year, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey announced on Wednesday. González is the second professor from LSU to win the honor. A native of Argentina, Dr. González is a leader in gravitational wave research, including …

A Weakened Black Hole Allows its Galaxy to Awaken

Astronomers Find First Example of Furious Star Formation at Core of a Galaxy Cluster Hot gas, radio jets, and star formation in a galaxy cluster Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/MIT/M.McDonald et al; Radio: NRAO/AUI/NSF; Optical: NASA/STScI. Astronomers have confirmed the first example of a galaxy cluster where large numbers of stars are being born at its core. …

OAS and AUI Launch Project to Improve Access to Educational Resources for Persons with Disabilities

The Organization of American States (OAS) and Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI) are launching a joint project to create an online repository of resources that make teaching and learning more accessible for persons with disabilities. The launch of the project includes a three-month survey of those who produce or use existing teaching and learning resources for …

Gas ‘Waterfalls’ Reveal Infant Planets around Young Star

** Synopsis: For the first time, astronomers using ALMA have witnessed 3D motions of gas in a planet-forming disk. At three locations in the disk around a young star called HD 163296, gas is flowing like a waterfall into gaps that are most likely caused by planets in formation. These gas flows have long been …

Going Against the Flow Around a Supermassive Black Hole

At the center of a galaxy called NGC 1068, a supermassive black hole hides within a thick doughnut-shaped cloud of dust and gas. When astronomers used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to study this cloud in more detail, they made an unexpected discovery that could explain why supermassive black holes grew so rapidly in …

New NSF Support Agreement for Next Generation Very Large Array

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded an additional $4M to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI) to fund the design and development of the next generation Very Large Array (ngVLA). With this funding increment, NSF has created a cooperative support agreement for this new planned radio telescope, which will …

AUI Partners with NSBP to Convene 2019 National Society of Black Physicists Conference

AUI collaborated with the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) to secure a $377K award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to convene the 2019 NSBP Conference. The annual NSBP Conference convenes the largest scientific meeting of underrepresented minorities in the nation. This year’s conference theme centers on “Promoting Professional Connections and Persistence in Physics” …

The Green Bank Telescope Snaps New Hot Photos of the Moon

This unusual view of the Moon, made with the Green Bank Telescope (GBT), shows the glow from the Moon’s heat revealing features undetectable to an ordinary telescope that sees only reflected light. This image was made using a new, extremely sensitive radio camera called MUSTANG-2, which detects high frequency radio waves, and the GBT, the world’s …

From Cells To Galaxies And Beyond

Scientists in radio astronomy and medical imaging find common ground “We are star stuff,” famous astronomer Carl Sagan once said. The atoms of our bodies were forged in the hearts of long dead stars, and so when we look upon the universe we see ourselves. It’s a poetic notion, but when it comes to how …

Most Massive Neutron Star Ever Detected, Almost too Massive to Exist

Astronomers using the GBT have discovered the most massive neutron star to date, a rapidly spinning pulsar approximately 4,600 light-years from Earth. This record-breaking object is teetering on the edge of existence, approaching the theoretical maximum mass possible for a neutron star. Artist impression of the pulse from a massive neutron star being delayed by the passage of a …

US Public to Name Newly Discovered Exoplanet

Astronomers need your help naming a newly discovered planet and the star it orbits. In recent years, astronomers have discovered thousands of planets and planetary systems orbiting around nearby stars. Some are small and rocky, like the Earth, while others are gas giants like Jupiter and Saturn. Although the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is the …

Image Release: ALMA Shows What’s Inside Jupiter’s Storms

Swirling clouds, big colorful belts, giant storms — the beautiful and turbulent atmosphere of Jupiter has been showcased many times. But what is going on below the clouds? What is causing the many storms and eruptions that we see on the ‘surface’ of the planet? To see this, visible light is not enough. We need …

This region has the conditions to develop a “Chilicon Valley”

There’s a need here to stop being an economy dependent on natural resources, and become an economy of finished products, and this institute is a great opportunity to achieve it. They learned about the competition for the Chilean Institute of Clean Technologies to be installed in Antofagasta less than a month before Corfo closed the …

ALMA Dives into Black Hole’s ‘Sphere of Influence’

What happens inside a black hole stays inside a black hole, but what happens inside a black hole’s “sphere of influence” – the innermost region of a galaxy where a black hole’s gravity is the dominant force – is of intense interest to astronomers and can help determine the mass of a black hole as …

‘Moon-forming’ Circumplanetary Disk Discovered in Distant Star System

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have made the first-ever observations of a circumplanetary disk, the planet-girding belt of dust and gas that astronomers strongly theorize controls the formation of planets and gives rise to an entire system of moons, like those found around Jupiter. This never-before-seen feature was discovered around one of …

New Method May Resolve Difficulty in Measuring Universe’s Expansion

Astronomers using National Science Foundation (NSF) radio telescopes have demonstrated how a combination of gravitational-wave and radio observations, along with theoretical modeling, can turn the mergers of pairs of neutron stars into a “cosmic ruler” capable of measuring the expansion of the Universe and resolving an outstanding question over its rate. The astronomers used the …

Consortium AUI highlights Proposal for Lithium Institute: “It’s a Great Team”

Translated from http://www.mercurioantofagasta.cl/impresa/2019/06/23/papel/#1 Alta Ley, Fundación Chile, Fraunhofer/CSIRO and Associated Universities, lnc., are the entities in the race. CORFO listened to the proposals and will soon start the second phase. Associated Universities, Inc. was founded eighty years ago by nine of the preeminent universities of the United States: Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Pennsylvania, …

Planetary Rings of Uranus ‘Glow’ in Cold Light

Summary: Using the both ALMA and the VLT, astronomers have imaged the cold, rock-strewn rings encircling the planet Uranus. Rather than observing the reflected sunlight from these rings, ALMA and the VLT imaged the millimeter and mid-infrared “glow” naturally emitted by the frigidly cold particles of the rings themselves. The rings of Uranus are invisible …

2019 Jansky Lectureship Awarded to Caltech Professor

Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI), and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) have awarded the 2019 Karl G. Jansky Lectureship to Dr. Anneila Sargent, Ira S. Bowen Professor of Astronomy, Emeritus, at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The Jansky Lectureship is an honor established by the trustees of AUI to recognize outstanding contributions to the …

2019 AUI Trustee Scholarship Winners

Below are the winners of the 2019 AUI Trustee Scholarship competition conducted by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. These students will each receive an award of $3,500 per year to aid in defraying expenses at the college or university of their choice. Chloe Hellerman Chloe Hellerman will graduate as valedictorian from Nelson County High …

Radio Astronomy and Black Holes

How a Telescope Made Mostly of Nothing Became Astronomy’s ‘Killer App’ Astronomers have captured the first direct visual evidence of a black hole at the center of Messier 87 (M87), a giant elliptical galaxy 55 million light-years from Earth. This unprecedented observation was made possible by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), an array of eight individual …

AUI Selects Mr. Kevin Doran – Director Education, Policy & Social Science

Associated Universities Inc. (AUI) is pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Kevin L. Doran, J.D., as the Director of Education, Policy, and Social Science Programs, effective 21 March 2019. In this role, Doran oversees AUI’s education, policy and social science portfolio and leads our growth into new domains such as eLearning, major public policy …

The shutdown could soon block telescopes’ view of the heavens

Original posted by The Washington Post, https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/01/23/shutdown-could-soon-block-telescopes-view-heavens/ By Ben Guarino and Carolyn Y. Johnson January 23 at 2:49 PM Mammoth telescopes and observatories that scout the sky for traces of supernova explosions and probe the universe’s 14-billion-year history are preparing to power down as the political impasse over a border wall keeps parts of the …

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Around the World in 8 meetings

AUI and AWB travel the Embassy Circuit to Bring New Opportunities to South America Washington DC – A casual stroll down Embassy Row can send a traveler from one continent to another in matter of seconds. Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI) and Astronomers Without Borders (AWB) recently made such a trip to bring a stellar experience …

Happy New Year from AUI!

Side-by-side comparison shows an ALMA image of comet 46P/Wirtanen (left) and an optical image (right). The ALMA image has approximately 1000 times the resolution of the optical image and zooms in on the inner portion of the comet's diffuse coma.
Image Release: ALMA Gives Passing Comet Its Close-up

As comet 46P/Wirtanen neared Earth on December 2, astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) took a remarkably close look the innermost regions of the comet’s coma, the gaseous envelope around its nucleus. ALMA imaged the comet when it was approximately 16.5 million kilometers from Earth. At its closet on December 16, the comet …

Riccardo Giacconi, 87, Explorer of the Universe Through X-Rays, Dies

Riccardo Giacconi, an astrophysicist who won the Nobel Prize for pioneering the study of the universe through the X-rays emitted by the most violent actors in the cosmos, including black holes, exploding stars and galumphing clouds of galaxies, died on Sunday in the La Jolla section of San Diego. He was 87. The National Academy …

Fragmenting Disk Gives Birth to Binary Star ‘Odd Couple’

One Star Potentially Formed in Planet-like Fashion Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have discovered that two young stars forming from the same swirling protoplanetary disk may be twins — in the sense that they came from the same parent cloud of star-forming material. Beyond that, however, they have shockingly little in common. …

The Epoch of Planet Formation, Times Twenty

ALMA Campaign Provides Unprecedented Views of the Birth of Planets Astronomers have cataloged nearly 4,000 exoplanets in orbit around distant stars. Though the discovery of these newfound worlds has taught us much, there is still a great deal we do not know about the birth of planets and the precise cosmic recipes that spawn the …

Bringing “Passion and Progress”

AUI Partners on the 2018 National Society of Black Physicists Conference Columbus, OH: Crowds packed the 2018 National Society of Black Physicists Conference to full capacity making this year’s conference one of the largest scientific meeting of underrepresented minorities in the nation. This year’s theme centered on “Scientific Passion and Progress: Meeting the Challenge” and …

Trans-galactic Streamers Feeding Most Luminous Galaxy in the Universe

The most luminous galaxy in the universe has been caught in the act of stripping away nearly half the mass from at least three of its smaller neighbors, according to a new study published in the journal Science. The light from this galaxy, known as W2246-0526, took 12.4 billion years to reach us, so we …

Galaxy-Scale Fountain Seen in Full Glory

Infalling and Outflowing Gas Give More Complete Understanding of the Evolution of Galaxies A billion light-years from Earth lies one of the universe’s most massive structures, a giant elliptical galaxy surrounded by a sprawling cluster of other galaxies known as Abell 2597. At the core of the central galaxy, a supermassive black hole is powering …

AUI Board of Trustees October 2018 Meeting

The AUI Board of Trustees met in Arlington, VA on October 25-26, 2018. Following President Adam Cohen’s overview of AUI, and reports from the Board and Governance Committees, the Board elected Eric Wilcots and Christine Wilson to serve as the next Board Chair and Vice-Chair of the AUI Board of Trustees, and appointed new Trustees …

“Speed Dating” to Promote STEM Careers

ASTRONOMY INSPIRES CHILEAN GIRLS   Sixty-two girls from Puente Alto, Quilicura, and Toconao took part in the AstroTáctil exhibition and an innovative “speed dating” event so ambassadors from various STEM careers could meet with the girls and share the excitement of astronomy in a one-on-one setting.   With the purpose of inspiring young women to …

VLBA Returning to NRAO, Getting Technical Upgrade

Continent-Wide Radio Telescope System Once Again Part of NRAO The National Science Foundation’s Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), a continent-wide radio telescope system, will once again officially be a part of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) and will undergo a technical upgrade to significantly improve its capabilities. When a new cooperative agreement between the …

Michael Holstine on the Green Bank Telescope and listening to the whispers of the universe

The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in Green Bank, West Virginia, US is the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope. It is situated in the National Radio Quiet Zone, a unique area where authorities limit all radio transmissions to avoid emissions toward the GBT. The location of the telescope within the Radio Quiet …

Image Release: ALMA Maps Europa’s Temperature

First Spatially Resolved, Complete Thermal Data Set of Jupiter’s Icy Moon Jupiter’s icy moon Europa has a chaotic surface terrain that is fractured and cracked, suggesting a long-standing history of geologic activity. A new series of four images of Europa taken with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has helped astronomers create the first global …

Cerro Mayu detail
The Big Show Begins

Planetarium Show Highlighting People, Places, and Science of Astronomy Begins Production Washington DC: In the most remote locations on the planet, people are working to uncover mysteries throughout the universe… and most are not astronomers. Big Astronomy in Chile through Dome+ (Big-ACT) explores a new model to deliver a unique learning experience for planetarium visitors …

Billion-dollar telescopes could end up beyond the reach of US astronomers

Every ten years, US astronomers set research priorities for the following decade. The latest cycle to pick projects for the 2020s has just started. In July, the US National Academy of Sciences launched the seventh Astronomical Decadal Survey (Astro2020) with a call for proposals for future telescopes and space missions. Over the coming year, these …

When Is a Nova Not a ‘Nova’? When a White Dwarf and a Brown Dwarf Collide

Synopsis: Using ALMA, an international team of astronomers found evidence that a white dwarf (the elderly remains of a Sun-like star) and a brown dwarf (a failed star without the mass to sustain nuclear fusion) collided in a short-lived blaze of glory that was witnessed on Earth in 1670 as Nova sub Capite Cygni (a …

VLA Discovers Powerful Jet Coming from “Wrong” Kind of Star

Astronomers using the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) have discovered a fast-moving jet of material propelled outward from a type of neutron star previously thought incapable of launching such a jet. The discovery, the scientists said, requires them to fundamentally revise their ideas about how such jets originate. Neutron stars …

VLBA Measures Asteroid’s Characteristics

In an unusual observation, astronomers used the National Science Foundation’s Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) to study the effects on radio waves coming from a distant radio galaxy when an asteroid in our Solar System passed in front of the galaxy. The observation allowed them to measure the size of the asteroid, gain new information …

West Virginia First-Generation College Students Get Major Boost to STEM Opportunities

Newswise — West Virginia’s First2 STEM Student Success Alliance has received a total of $2,406,954 in new funding as part of the National Science Foundation (NSF) INCLUDES grant program, which helps to develop and maintain a diverse, innovative workforce in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. This initiative in West Virginia is one …

Fierce Winds Quench Wildfire-like Starbirth in Far-flung Galaxy

Synopsis: Astronomers using ALMA, with the aid of a gravitational lens, have detected the most-distant galactic “wind” of molecules ever observed, seen when the universe was only one billion years old. By tracing the outflow of hydroxyl (OH) molecules – which herald the presence of star-forming gas in galaxies – the researchers show how some galaxies …

Radio Observations Confirm Superfast Jet of Material From Neutron Star Merger

Precise measurement using a continent-wide collection of National Science Foundation (NSF) radio telescopes has revealed that a narrow jet of particles moving at nearly the speed of light broke out into interstellar space after a pair of neutron stars merged in a galaxy 130 million light-years from Earth. The merger, which occurred in August of …

Billion-dollar telescopes could end up beyond the reach of US astronomers

Change the funding system and approaches to international partnerships for US-led big science projects, urge Matt Mountain and Adam Cohen. PDF version Every ten years, US astronomers set research priorities for the following decade. The latest cycle to pick projects for the 2020s has just started. In July, the US National Academy of Sciences launched …

First Science with ALMA’s Highest-Frequency Capabilities

Astronomers observe cosmic steam jets and molecules galore Synopsis: A team of scientists using the highest-frequency capabilities of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has uncovered jets of warm water vapor streaming away from a newly forming star. The researchers also detected the “fingerprints” of an astonishing assortment of molecules near this stellar nursery. The …

AUI Partners with NSBP to Convene 2018 National Society of Black Physicists Conference

Washington, DC: AUI has taken another significant step in its five year partnership by collaborating with the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) to secure a $350K award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The annual NSBP Conference convenes the largest scientific meeting of underrepresented minorities in the nation. This year’s conference will be held …

Observatory Receives Funds to Repair St. Croix Radio Telescope

Damage caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017 The National Science Foundation (NSF) has provided $2 million to repair damage to the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) station on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands caused by Hurricane Maria in September of 2017. The funding is part of a bill passed by Congress and signed …

Pair of Colliding Stars Spill Radioactive Molecules into Space

Summary: Astronomers have made the first definitive detection of a radioactive molecule in interstellar space: a form, or isotopologue of aluminum monofluoride (26AlF). The new data – made with ALMA and the NOEMA radio telescopes – reveal that this radioactive isotopologue was ejected into space by the collision of two stars, a tremendously rare cosmic …

ALMA Creates Its First-ever Movie of Cosmic Explosion
NRAO/ALMA News Release Enduring ‘Radio Rebound’ Powered by Jets from Gamma-Ray Burst

ALMA Creates Its First-ever Movie of Cosmic Explosion Summary: Astronomers using ALMA studied a cataclysmic stellar explosion known as a gamma-ray burst, or GRB, and found its enduring “afterglow.” The rebound, or reverse shock, triggered by the GRB’s powerful jets slamming into surrounding debris, lasted thousands of times longer than expected. These observations provide fresh …

VLA Gives Tantalizing Clues About Source of Energetic Cosmic Neutrino

Astronomers pinpoint likely source of high-energy cosmic rays for first time A single, ghostly subatomic particle that traveled some 4 billion light-years before reaching Earth has helped astronomers pinpoint a likely source of high-energy cosmic rays for the first time. Subsequent observations with the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) …

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Distant Quasar Providing Clues to Early-Universe Conditions

Astronomers using the National Science Foundation’s Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) have made an image revealing tantalizing details of a quasar nearly 13 billion light-years from Earth — an object that may provide important clues about the physical processes at work in the Universe’s first galaxies. The scientists studied a quasar called PSO J352.4034-15.3373 (P352-15), …

Even Phenomenally Dense Neutron Stars Fall like a Feather

Einstein’s understanding of gravity, as outlined in his general theory of relativity, predicts that all objects fall at the same rate, regardless of their mass or composition. This theory has passed test after test here on Earth, but does it still hold true for some of the most massive and dense objects in the known …

AUI Sponsors Student Outreach Event at 232nd AAS Meeting

Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI) sponsored the American Astronomical Society (AAS) local student outreach event at the AAS 232nd summer meeting held this June in Denver, CO. As part of AUI’s role in serving as ambassadors of science and encouraging the next generation the next generation of scientists and engineers, the event provides middle and high …

Trio of Infant Planets Discovered around Newborn Star

Over the past several years, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has transformed our understanding of protoplanetary disks — the gas- and dust-filled planet factories that encircle young stars. The rings and gaps in these disks provide intriguing circumstantial evidence for the presence of planets. Other phenomena, however, could account for these tantalizing features. Using …

Nine More Professionals to Visit Chile for Prestigious ACEAP Astronomy Expedition

Nine more participants are about to embark on an astronomy trip of a lifetime.  Each has been selected for the prestigious Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP), a behind-the-scenes immersive experience to five astronomical observatories in Chile from June 10 to 18.  The participants include educators and public outreach professionals with ties to astronomy.  …

ALMA Finds Most-Distant Oxygen in the Universe

Galaxy 13.28 billion light-years away shows surprising signs of chemical maturity Not long after the Big Bang, the first generations of stars began altering the chemical make-up of primitive galaxies, slowly enriching the interstellar medium with basic elements such as oxygen, carbon, and nitrogen. Finding the earliest traces of these common elements would shed important …

Catching Gravitational Waves with Radio Pulsars

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Breakfast with the kids
AUI held “Bring Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day”

AUI held its first “Bring Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” on April 26, 2018. Parents and children were greeted with an assortment of cereal, pastries and fruits to start the day in a way that many parents cannot. “It is nice to sit and have breakfast with the kids during the week”, said …

Astronomers Witness Galaxy Megamerger

Summary: Peering deep into space — an astounding 90 percent of the way across the observable universe — astronomers have witnessed the beginnings of a gargantuan cosmic pileup, the impending collision of 14 young, starbursting galaxies. This ancient megamerger is destined to evolve into one of the most massive structures in the known universe: a …

2018 AUI Trustee Scholarship Winners

Below are the winners of the 2018 AUI Trustee Scholarship competition conducted by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. These students will each receive an award of $3,500 per year to aid in defraying expenses at the college or university of their choice. Virginia Edmondson Virginia is a senior at Jennings High School in Jennings, …

Dr. David Catarious
Dr. David Catarious to be Director of Cybersecurity Programs & Chief Information Officer

Associated Universities Inc. (AUI) is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. David Catarious as the new Director of Cybersecurity Programs and Chief Information Officer, effective 23 April 2018. Catarious’ appointment signals a new direction for AUI, which will be expanding its research and education activities into the cybersecurity arena. “We are excited to have …

Member of Congress visit ALMA
Visit by U.S. members of Congress to ALMA

A delegation of members from the United States House of Representatives visited the ALMA Observatory on April 4th. This visit was organized by the US Embassy in Chile, Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI) — the North American partner in the observatory — and ALMA. There were a total of 13 representatives from the House Committee on …

AUI Board of Trustees meet in Pasadena, CA March 1-2, 2018

The AUI Board of Trustees met in Pasadena, CA on March 1-2, 2018. Dr. Roscoe Giles, Board Chair, welcomed all assembled with a special welcome to new Board members, Dr. Meg Urry, Israel Munson Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Director of the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Dr. Mike Witherell, Laboratory Director …

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Harassment Leads to a Loss of Talent, Innovation in Sciences

Participants at the 2016 American Astronomical Association meeting had signed a code of conduct that warned against sexual harassment. At the registration desk they also were met by a five-foot sign reminding them of the problem. Then at that very meeting an undergraduate student standing beside her research presentation was asked, “What’s attractive about this …

The VLA in pictures and video

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory recently unveiled two great resources for learning more about the Very Large Array (VLA). Watch the video below, then head on over the to The VLA Explorer for a thorough tour of the VLA facilities!   Welcome to central New Mexico where the National Radio Astronomy Observatory operates the world’s …

Army helicopter landing near VLA
Army Aviators Drop in for Tour of VLA

As part of a training event, the U.S. Army’s C Company, 3rd Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment, Combat Aviation Brigade, First ArmoredDivision, based at Fort Bliss, Texas, made a stop at the Karl Jansky Very Large Array on February 20. Arriving in five UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters, they landed and met NRAO staffers for a guided tour …

The Universe's Early Light
Astronomers detect light from the Universe’s first stars

Astronomers have for the first time spotted long-sought signals of light from the earliest stars ever to form in the Universe — around 180 million years after the Big Bang. The signal is a fingerprint left on background radiation by hydrogen that absorbed some of this primordial light. The evidence hints that the gas that …

Vacuuming up the dust — and sterilizing a planet — around Proxima Centauri

Well, nuts. Last week, just five days ago, I wrote that astronomers had found evidence of rings of dust around Proxima Centauri, the nearest star to our own, and furthermore that there might be a ringed planet there. As I was literally drafting up that article, a different team of astronomers — using the very …

Young Planet Makes a Scene

Nestled in the Ophiuchus star-forming region, 410 light-years from the Sun, a protoplanetary disk is slowly taking shape. Dust emission from AS 209 reveals a curious pattern of rings and gaps surrounding the young star. Protoplanetary disks are composed of gas and dust particles, forming after the collapse of a molecular cloud. As matter from …

Powerful Flare from Star Proxima Centauri Detected with ALMA

Space weather emitted by Proxima Centauri, the star closest to our sun, may make that system rather inhospitable to life after all. Using data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), a team of astronomers discovered that a powerful stellar flare erupted from Proxima Centauri last March. This finding, published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, …

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Physics Inspiring the Next Generation! PING Camp 2018: July 15–21

PING is a STEMtastic summer camp program that actively seeks to increase the diversity of the next generation of scientists, engineers, and technologists. We are seeking current 8th graders (rising 9th-graders), who are interested in science, engineering and math, and a fun, and challenging experience on location at the Green Bank Observatory. While we are …

ACEAP ambassadors visit NSF funded observatories in Chile

This last week a team of four outreach and education professionals from the United States undertook a 10-day expedition to key astronomy research sites in Chile. The outreach professionals were selected to be part of the 2018 Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP), an immersive astronomy outreach and awareness program. The core element of …

Anuncio sobre multicancha / Announcement regarding indoor sports facility

English language announcement below January 31st, 2018 Estimados colegas: Me complace comunicarles que el día de hoy AUI/NRAO Chile firmó contrato con Toptent Ingeniería y Construcción SpA, empresa que se adjudicó el proyecto multicancha. Toptent, y sus socios Constructora Sergenco y Murúa Arquitectos, son reconocidos por su amplia y exitosa trayectoria en proyectos de ingeniería, …

Stellar Embryos in Nearby Dwarf Galaxy Contain Surprisingly Complex Organic Molecules

The nearby dwarf galaxy known as the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) is a chemically primitive place. Unlike the Milky Way, this semi-spiral collection of a few tens-of-billions of stars lacks our galaxy’s rich abundance of heavy elements, like carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen. With such a dearth of heavy elements, astronomers predict that the LMC should …

GBT Detection Unlocks Exploration of ‘Aromatic’ Interstellar Chemistry

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 known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. This discovery is a vital clue in a 30-year-old mystery: identifying the source of a faint infrared glow …

So you want to be an astronomer?

A new study including 478 US astronomers provides a glimpse into the world of those who practice astronomy today. “What Do Astronomers Do: A Survey of U.S. Astronomers’ Attitudes, Tools and Techniques, and Social Interactions Engaged in Through Their Practice of Science” was completed by AUI’s STEM Education Development Officer, Tim Spuck. Click here to …

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Interstellar asteroid checked for alien technology

A project searching for intelligent life in the cosmos is going to check the first known interstellar asteroid for signs of alien technology. The odd-shaped object was detected as it sped towards the Sun on 19 October. Its properties suggested it originated around another star, making it the first such body to be spotted in …

President Adam Cohen Confirms AUI’s Policies on Sexual Harassment

To all AUI employees, Washington D.C. December 13, 2017 In the last several weeks, there have been numerous high-profile media reports related to sexual harassment complaints, and these are continuing to come out in the news almost daily. It is, therefore, timely to remind everyone of our policies and the mechanisms we have in place …

ALMA: The Most Powerful Observatory for Studying Our Universe

Located in Chile’s Atacama desert, 16,570 ft above sea level, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array is the world’s most powerful observatory for studying the universe. Learn more: http://pops.ci/r7rohI

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Applications Accepted for 2018 Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program

Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP). This program, in its fourth year, brings amateur astronomers, planetarium personnel, and astronomy educators to several U.S.-funded astronomy observatories in Chile. While there, ambassadors will receive behind-the-scenes tours of some of the world’s most productive and advanced telescopes, including in-depth …

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Nearly Naked Black Hole

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Ethan Schreier recognized by the AAAS for his work in advancing science

Dr. Ethan J. Schreier, who recently retired as president of Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI) has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers, and the AAAS’s recognition of Schreier, in the Astronomy section, is …

Duo of Titanic Galaxies Captured in Extreme Starbursting Merger

New observations with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have uncovered the never-before-seen close encounter between two astoundingly bright and spectacularly massive galaxies in the early universe. These so-called hyper-luminous starburst galaxies are exceedingly rare at this epoch of cosmic history — near the time when galaxies first formed — and may represent one of …

AUI’s Tim Spuck interviewed in La Segunda

Chilean newspaper “La Segunda” featured Tim Spuck, AUI’s STEM Development Officer, following his recent presentation to Fundación Chile in Santiago. “A great teacher has a passion for learning, patience, and empathy.” Invited by Fundación Chile (Chile Foundation) to participate in a STEM education seminar (STEM integrates science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the school curriculum), …

AUI Working with Chilean Embassy to Advance Astronomy Education, Outreach, and Engagement

In recent years AUI has worked with other stakeholders to advance astronomy education, outreach, and engagement in Chile, as well as between Chile and its international partners.

AUI Sponsors Women in Astronomy and Engineering Workshop in Chile

CHILEAN MINISTER FOR WOMEN’S AFFAIRS ENCOURAGES GENDER EQUALITY IN SCIENCE, ENGINEERING, TECHNOLOGY AND MATHEMATICS The Minister for Women’s Affairs and Gender Equality will shortly inaugurate a workshop on gender equality in astronomy and related engineering disciplines. The event seeks to raise awareness of the current state of inclusion and retention of women in these areas, …

AUI Names New President

Dr. Adam Cohen to be President – Associated Universities, Inc. Associated Universities Inc. (AUI) is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Adam Cohen as the new President of AUI, effective 1 November 2017. Dr. Cohen’s appointment is the culmination of an extensive search conducted by the AUI Board of Trustees. He will succeed Dr. Ethan …

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AUI Statement on the August 11th-12th Events in Charlottesville

AUI STATEMENT ON THE WEEKEND EVENTS IN CHARLOTTESVILLE All of us, of course, were shocked by the scenes in Charlottesville on Friday and Saturday, and by the consequences of this vile domestic terrorism.  As an organization with long-standing roots in Charlottesville we know it as a diverse and welcoming community to all people.  The white …

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ALMA Board appoints new Director

After a competitive selection process that started in January 2017, the ALMA Board has appointed Dr. Sean Dougherty to lead the Observatory as the new ALMA Director for 5 years, starting by the end of the first quarter of 2018. Sean is currently the Director of the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, Canada’s national radio astronomy …

Nine Astronomy Outreach Professionals Selected for Prestigious ACEAP Ambassador Program

A team of nine outreach and education professionals – eight from the United States and one from Chile – will undertake a 10-day expedition to key astronomy research sites in Chile as part of the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP). The program, now in its third year, is sponsored by the U.S. National …

AUI Sponsors Student Outreach Event at 230th AAS Meeting

Associated Universities, Inc. sponsors the American Astronomical Society local student outreach event at AAS winter and summer meetings. This event is geared towards underserved populations in middle and high-school. The society welcomes local student groups, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program participants, home schoolers and families for an interactive afternoon of science.

2017 AUI Trustee Scholarship Winners

Below are the winners of the 2017 AUI Trustee Scholarship competition conducted by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. These students will each receive an award of $3,500 per year to aid in defraying expenses at the college or university of their choice. Kathryn Bradley Kate is a senior at Monticello High School in Charlottesville, …

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CCAT Board Approves Construction of CCAT Prime

The CCAT Board has just approved construction of CCAT Prime, a new submillimeter telescope to be built in Chile, adjacent to ALMA.  For almost a decade, Associated Universities Inc. has been a member of the CCAT collaboration, serving as the CCAT legal representative in Chile and participating on the CCAT Board.   AUI secured the land …

Making Astronomy Accessible to the Blind – Students Partner with Professionals to Build New Software Tool

Interested Teachers Apply NOW! CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION Application Deadline April 23, 2017 – 11:59 PM   If intelligent life without sight exists on some distant planet in our galaxy, these lifeforms would still explore the universe; how? This is a guiding question for Innovators Developing Accessible Tools for Astronomy (IDATA), a new research initiative …

AUI Sponsors Student Outreach Event at 229th AAS Meeting

Associated Universities, Inc. sponsors the American Astronomical Society local student outreach event at AAS winter meetings. This event is geared towards underserved populations in middle- and high-school. The society welcomes local student groups, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program participants, home schoolers and families for an interactive afternoon of science. Students have the opportunity …

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In Memoriam: Dr. Fred Lo (Kwok-Yung) 1947-2016

    On behalf of AUI and the Board of Trustees Associated Universities, Incorporated regrets to inform the community that Fred Lo (Kwok-Yung), Distinguished Astronomer and Director Emeritus of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, passed away last week after a brief illness. AUI recruited Dr. Lo as Director of NRAO in 2002, and he served …

The quietest town in America

More than 100 experts shared their dreams, challenges, and proposals to make Chile a world power in astronomy education.

The launch of the first prospectus concerning education and the dissemination of astronomy in Chile In a well-attended ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Chile, “Reaching for the Stars: Findings of the Chile-U.S. Astronomy Education and Outreach Summit,” was officially released. The document represents the largest national effort in Chile to coordinate strategies …

Sonidos de ALMA

https://vimeo.com/170847460 Sonidos de ALMA es un punto de encuentro entre la radioastronomía captada por el Atacama Large Millimeter/submilliter Array (ALMA) y la música de quienes quieran crear obras a partir de observaciones del radiotelescopio más importante del mundo. Nació de la inquietud recurrente de artistas y astrónomos por comprender y trascender el Universo. El proyecto …

New Observational Distance Record Promises Important Tool for Studying Galaxies

2 June 2016 New Observational Distance Record Promises Important Tool for Studying Galaxies Astronomers have used new capabilities of the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) to open a whole new realm of research into how galaxies evolve and interact with their surroundings over cosmic time. They detected the faint radio …

Alma telescope peers into space from Chile’s mountains

By Gideon Long, BBC News, Chajnantour Plateau, Chile 29 May 2016 From the section Latin America & Caribbean Image copyright GIDEON LONGImage caption The dishes measure up to 12m (39ft) in diameter On a bitterly cold afternoon, a small team of engineers moves slowly across Chile’s Chajnantor plateau. Bundled up against the biting wind, they stop under one of …

2016 Astronomy Outreach Ambassadors to Visit World-class Observatories in Chile

A group of nine outreach and education professionals from across the United States and Puerto Rico was selected to be the 2016 class for the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP), an immersive astronomy outreach and awareness program sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). These ambassadors, each of whom has a strong …

2016 AUI Trustee Scholarship winners

Below are the winners of the 2016 AUI Trustee Scholarship competition conducted by International Scholarship and Tuition Services, Inc. These students will each receive an award of $3,500 per year to aid in defraying expenses at the college of their choice. Lara Baudler Lara Baudler is a senior at Pocahontas County High School where she …

NRAO Structural Changes: Announcing the Separation of the Green Bank Observatory and the Long Baseline Observatory

On 20 November 2015, the National Science Foundation (NSF) selected Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI) to manage the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) through a new 10-year cooperative agreement. The new agreement includes the operation of the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA), the North American share of the international Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), …

Teaching STEM Through Astronomy’s Lens

Astronomy programs can provide many advantages to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers and students.  The Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s Project ASTRO is one stellar example of this. ASTRO partners professional and amateur astronomers with educators – who visit partner classrooms at least four times during the school year to conduct hands-on activities. Download the PDF …

The Frigid Flying Saucer

ALMA finds unexpectedly cold grains in planet-forming disk Astronomers have used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) and IRAM telescopes to make the first direct measurement of the temperature of the large dust grains in the outer parts of a planet-forming disk around a young star. By applying a novel technique to observations of an …

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

Do you know a K-6 grade teacher who provides excellent mathematics or science instruction to his or her students? Then please consider nominating him or her for one of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Anyone—researchers, parents or members of the general public—may nominate a K-6 grade teacher by completing …

NRAO Call for Proposals: Semester 2016B

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) invites scientists to participate in the NRAO Semester 2016B Call for Proposals for the Green Bank Telescope (GBT), Very Large Array (VLA), and Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA), High Sensitivity Array (HSA), and Global 3mm VLBI Array (GMVA). The submission deadline for Semester 2016B proposals is Monday, 1 February …

Final Results of NameExoWorlds Public Vote Released

The votes are in — the names of 19 ExoWorlds (14 stars and 31 exoplanets orbiting them) have been chosen by public vote in the NameExoWorlds contest, and accepted by the IAU. Reflecting the truly international interest in astronomy, over half a million votes from 182 countries and territories contributed to the new official designations …

Asteroid Looks Even Better Second Time Around

Asteroid 1998 WT24 safely flew past Earth on December 11 at a distance of about 2.6 million miles (4.2 million kilometers, 11 lunar distances). During its flyby, NASA scientists used the 230-foot (70-meter) DSS-14 antenna at Goldstone, California, and the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) 300-foot (100-meter) Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia to probe …

ALMA Trilateral Agreement Signing Ceremony

On December 15, 2015, the National Institutes of Natural Sciences of Japan (NINS), the European Southern Observatory (ESO), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) signed an agreement concerning the operations of ALMA. The new agreement signed in Tokyo provides the framework for the long-lasting operations of ALMA over the next 20 years. “As NINS, we …

Einstein Fellows: Best Practices in STEM Education, 2014 Book of the Year

Tim Spuck’s book, Einstein Fellows: Best Practices in STEM Education has received the Book of the Year award by its publisher, Peter Lang Publishing, a major international academic publishing house. Congratulations to Tim!

Nine ACEAP participants visited Chile to learn about NSF-funded, ground-based astronomy

December 10, 2015 The anticipation is contagious. On this crisp, clear night in West Virginia only two types of sounds fill the air as a group of teachers and planetarium managers walk down the road to a 40-foot radio telescope: footsteps and loud, jubilant outbursts of “Can you see the star cluster Pleiades over there?” …

Applications being accepted for the 2016 Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program

  If you have a love of astronomy, a thirst for travel, and a desire to share this passion with others apply now to become part of the 2016 Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP) cohort. This program, in its second year, will bring amateur astronomers, planetarium personnel, and astronomy educators of all levels …

Next Generation Very Large Array Workshop: 4 January 2016

Next Generation Very Large Array Workshop 2016 Monday, 4 January 2016, 09:00 – 17:00 EST AAS Meeting Venue: Gaylord Palms Convention Center, Sun B Kissimmee, Florida, USA Radio astronomy is playing a leading role in opening new discovery space, imaging the earliest phases of planet and star formation, studying the cool dust and gas that …

Student Observing Support (SOS) Program

NRAO maintains a program to support research by students, both graduate and undergraduate, at U.S. universities and colleges. This program is intended to strengthen the proactive role of the Observatory in training new generations of telescope users. SOS proposals associated with successful observing proposals submitted for the Green Bank Telescope (GBT), the Very Long Baseline …

ALMA Spots Monstrous Baby Galaxies Cradled in Dark Matter

Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have discovered a nest of monstrous baby galaxies 11.5 billion light-years away. These young galaxies seem to reside at the junction of gigantic filaments in a web of dark matter. These findings are important for understanding how monstrous galaxies like these form and how they evolve into …

‘Fast Radio Burst’ Sheds New Light on Origin of These Extreme Events

Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs), brief yet brilliant eruptions of cosmic radio waves, have baffled astronomers since they were first reported nearly a decade ago. Though they appear to come from the distant Universe, none of these enigmatic events has revealed more than the slimmest details about how and where it formed, until now. By poring over 650 …

PING Student Meets President Obama

PING 2015: Exploring the Cosmos with NRAO student Ava Patino meets with President Obama prior to the October 19th White House Astronomy Night event. PING is in collaboration between the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP http://nsbp.org/), Associated Universities Inc. (AUI), and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) to encourage girls and traditionally underrepresented minorities …

AUI President’s statement condemning sexual harassment

There has been significant media attention recently to a report about a sexual harassment case by a tenured faculty member at a major university, leading to much introspection within the astronomy community and at research institutions across the country. Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI), the managing organization of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), wishes to …

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Listen to the Music of a Dying Star

The ALMA Music Box, currently on display in Japan, now available on iTunes Music from the ALMA Music Box — an audio artwork that plays melodies created from ALMA observations — is now available to be purchased in the iTunes store, on the compilation set “Music for a Dying Star”. R Sculptoris, a massive red giant star …

White House Star Party

AUI and NRAO Attend the White House Astronomy Night The evening of October 19 brought telescopes, astronomers, astronauts, astronomy educators, and more than 200 students to the South Lawn of the White House for a stargazing event with the President. Among those invited to attend were AUI’s STEM Education Development Officer, Tim Spuck, NRAO-Green Bank’s …

Gearing up for Astronomy Night 2015

October 13, 2015 The White House has announced that Oct. 19 will be Astronomy Night, kicking off an astronomy-palooza across the nation, where national observatories, planetariums and amateur astronomy clubs and schools have been invited to host their own “star parties” and events. Aimed at building awareness for the expansive universe that we all call …

White House Astronomy Night – Get Involved!

On October 19th, the White House is hosting the second ever Astronomy Night. We’ve invited students and educators to the South Lawn of the White House to stargaze with us and to participate in other hands-on activities.

Space anomaly gets extraterrestrial intelligence experts’ attention

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute has its eyes — and soon possibly one of the United States’ premier telescopes — focused on an anomaly that some astronomers can’t quite explain.

Student Pulsar Search Program Expands Nationwide Thanks to NSF Grant to WVU and NRAO

West Virginia University (WVU) and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) together received a nearly $2 million, three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to expand the reach and impact of the highly successful Pulsar Search Collaboratory (PSC) student science education initiative. Approximately $700,000 of the grant will go to the NRAO; WVU will …

International Astronomical Union (IAU) General Assembly

Every year, astronomers from all around the globe gather for a couple of weeks at the IAU General Assembly to discuss their discoveries and observations, and to exchange ideas and challenges facing astronomy.

Exploring Chile, The Astronomy Capital of the World

Vivian White, from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific travels to Chile and quickly discovers why Northern Chile generally—and the Atacama Desert specifically—has become the “go-to place for some of the world’s largest telescopes”. Download the article PDF   This article was first published in the July 30th issue of Astronomy Beat and is made available here for download courtesy …

White House Astronomy Night: A Celebration of Science, Technology, and Space

Astronomy has long been one of the most accessible sciences for children and adults alike – around the world people gaze at the moon and stars with wonder and curiosity, inspired to ask questions about the universe and the world in which we live. “There are a lot of mysteries left and there are a …

Robert L. Brown Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award

The Robert L. Brown Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award is administered by Associated Universities Inc. (AUI) and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) on behalf of Bob Brown’s friends and family to honor Bob’s life and career. The Award is given each year to a recent recipient of a doctoral degree from any recognized degree granting …

NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)

Full Proposal Deadline Date: September 22, 2015 Program Guidelines: NSF 15-581 The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program (S-STEM) addresses the need for a high quality STEM workforce in areas of national priorities. The program seeks to increase the success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who …

IAU XXIX General Assembly – Day Ten

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3D Scientific Visualization with Blender by Dr. Brian Kent

Scientific experiments have the potential to produce stunning visuals that aid in analysis as well as convey results to a broader audience. Blender is an open source software program aimed at creating and manipulating 3D models and data. By utilizing the power of Blender, scientists can fully realize their data visualizations to produce high quality …

IAU XXIX General Assembly – Day Nine

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IAU XXIX General Assembly – Day Eight

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IAU XXIX General Assembly – Day Seven

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Astronomy EPO and STEM Education: The Perfect Couple

Presented at the NSF Pavilion in the Exhibit Hall of the IAU General Assembly

IAU XXIX General Assembly – Day Six

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IAU XXIX General Assembly – Day Five

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IAU XXIX General Assembly – Day Four

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IAU XXIX General Assembly – Day Three

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Astronomers Land In Isles

By Timothy Hurley in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Experts on stars, planets and all things cosmic descend on Oahu for a global gathering An international gathering of astronomers began in Honolulu on Monday, a two week event that University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy Director Gunther Hasinger described as “the Olympic Games of our discipline.” But the prestigious International Astronomical …

IAU XXIX General Assembly – Day Two

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IAU XXIX General Assembly – Day One

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Green Bank Telescope Joins “Breakthrough Listen”

The National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope (GBT) will join in the most powerful, comprehensive, and intensive scientific search ever for signs of intelligent life in the Universe. The international endeavor, known as the Breakthrough Listen, will scan the nearest million stars in our own Galaxy and stars in 100 other galaxies for the telltale radio signature of an advanced civilization.

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Why Chile?

Why Chile is the ideal place for astronomy. Why the U.S. and the National Science Foundation invests so much money into science in a country outside our own.

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Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program – ACEAP

Keep up on all the great activities happening with the ACEAP Program!

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SHSU Staff Lab Assistant At Planetarium Talks About Chile Trip

Staff lab assistant at SHSU’s Planetarium and Observatory, Mike Prokosch, recently joined eight other astronomy educators from across America to visit observatories in Chile, the astronomy capital of the world.

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Connections: Closing in on Pluto

Podcast with an interview with astrophysicist Brian Koberlein.

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Tim Spuck: “La estrategia nacional, tiene que ser una solución global”

Nos contó sobre su visión sobre cómo potenciar la divulgación y educación de la astronomía en Chile. La clave para él, es construir alianzas, como lo que se está trabajando con “Astroturismo Chile.”

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ACEAP Ambassadors on Weekly Space Hangout

This Friday, June 12 at 3-4 PM, ACEAP Ambassadors Brian Koberlein, Michael Prokosch, Vivian White, and ACEAP Principal Investigator Tim Spuck will be hosted on the Weekly Space Hangout with Fraser Cain. Please join the Event online on Friday June 12 from 3-4 PM at https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cifv884e6jsmo2bv2gvnut7vol4

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ALMA Reveals Cradles of Dense Cores: the Birthplace of Massive Stars

Taiwanese research team used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to observe a large molecular gas clump — named G33.92+0.11 — where a cluster of massive stars is forming.  ALMA revealed, in unprecedented detail, the fine structure of the molecular gas at the center of the region, where two surprisingly large molecular gas arms about …

NSF Director France Cordova visit to ALMA in April 2015

Click the image above for full view. NSF Director France Cordova visit to ALMA in April 2015, standing in front of an ALMA Dewar mounted in NRAO-developed test equipment.

AUI President Congratulates Tony Tyson at the LSST Primera Piedra Celebration

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ALMA Discovers Proto Super Star Cluster — a Cosmic ‘Dinosaur Egg’ About to Hatch

Globular clusters – dazzling agglomerations of up to a million ancient stars – are among the oldest objects in the universe. Though plentiful in and around many galaxies, newborn examples are vanishingly rare and the conditions necessary to create new ones have never been detected, until now. Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) …

Pulsar with Widest Orbit Ever Detected, Discovered By High School Research Team

A team of highly determined high school students discovered a never-before-seen pulsar by painstakingly analyzing data from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). Further observations by astronomers using the GBT revealed that this pulsar has the widest orbit of any around a neutron star and is part of only …

NRAO and Partners Select 2015 Class for ‘Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program’

A collation of leading U.S. astronomy organizations and observatories has selected its first class of educators who will travel to Chile as part of the Astronomy in Chile Educator Ambassadors Program (ACEAP). Chosen from a pool of more than 50 applicants, this inaugural group of nine amateur astronomers, planetarium personnel, and astronomy educators will tour …

Strange Supernova is “Missing Link” in Gamma-Ray Burst Connection

Astronomers using the National Science Foundation’s Very Large Array (VLA) have found a long-sought “missing link” between supernova explosions that generate gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) and those that don’t. The scientists found that a stellar explosion seen in 2012 has many characteristics expected of one that generates a powerful burst of gamma rays, yet no such …

“ALMA’s astronomical discoveries exemplify the triumphs of big science projects” according to Science Magazine’s editorial Big science is hard but worth it by Michael Turner

“ALMA’s astronomical discoveries exemplify the triumphs of big science projects” according to <em>Science Magazine’s editorial.

PING 2015: Exploring the Cosmos with NRAO

July 16-25, 2015 Online application deadline: 11:59PM Sunday, May 15th, 2015 Click here to download the event flyer. Please contact Tim Spuck for more information.

Fundación Imagen de Chile participates in astronomy expedition, innovation and technology 2015

El encuentro “Exploring the beginning of the Universe” reunió a más de 60 líderes de opinión locales y extranjeros, que visitaron las instalaciones del observatorio ALMA, incluyendo el lugar a 5 mil metros de altura donde se ubican las 66 antenas que investigan los misterios del origen del Universo. Destacados empresarios, científicos, premios nacionales y …

ALMA Sees Einstein Ring in Stunning Image of Lensed Galaxy

Astronomers have discovered that a distant galaxy — seen from Earth with the aid of a gravitational lens — appears like a cosmic ring, thanks to the highest resolution images ever taken with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). Forged by the chance alignment of two distant galaxies, this striking ring-like structure is a rare …

Complex Organic Molecules Discovered in Infant Star System: Hints that Prebiotic Chemistry Is Universal

For the first time, astronomers have detected the presence of complex organic molecules, the building blocks of life, in a protoplanetary disk surrounding a young star, suggesting once again that the conditions that spawned our Earth and Sun are not unique in the universe. This discovery, made with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), reveals …

2015 Jansky Lectureship Awarded to Caltech Professor

Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI), and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) have awarded the 2015 Karl G. Jansky Lectureship to Dr. Nick Z. Scoville of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The Jansky Lectureship is an honor established by the trustees of AUI to recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement of radio astronomy. Scoville leads …

Asteroid Juno Seen Traveling Through Space in New ALMA Images and Animation

A series of images made with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) provides an unprecedented view of the surface of Juno, one of the largest members of our solar system’s main asteroid belt. Linked together into a brief animation, these high-resolution images show the asteroid rotating through space as it shines in millimeter-wavelength light. “In …

Astronomers Watch Unfolding Saga of Massive Star Formation

A pair of images of a young star, made 18 years apart, has revealed a dramatic difference that is providing astronomers with a unique, “real-time” look at how massive stars develop in the earliest stages of their formation. The astronomers used the National Science Foundation’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) to study a …

Experts from Chile and the United States define a roadmap to promote astronomy education / Expertos de Chile y Estados Unidos definen hoja de ruta para impulsar la educación

By Fundación Imagen de Chile, translated from Spanish The First Chilean-American Education in Astronomy Summit concluded after a week of intense work. The main objective of the event, which was supported by Imagen de Chile Foundation, was to disseminate the scientific knowledge which has been obtained in our country and to outline an action plan …

Astronomy looking for a space in the classroom as a tool for the dissemination of science

By CRISTIÁN GONZÁLEZ S. in The Mercury (Education, A10) Although part of the school curriculum, there is now interest in get more out of the natural advantages of Chile on the issue by creating a support network among schools, universities and astronomical centers. More than 5000 meters high, into the region of Antofagasta, ALMA, the largest …

Situation In Northern Chile / Situacion En El Norte De Chile

AUI would like to express its deep concern and sympathy for the families affected by the storms and landslides in northern Chile over the past days. Our thoughts go to the people who have lost loved ones or suffered material losses. The ALMA Observatory received substantial snowfall, but all its staff is well and its …

Black physicists and astronomers: The interviews

Two students, two research astronomers, and a retired nuclear physicist talk about their professional achievements and aspirations and their love for science.

Experts meet to promote the diffusion of science through astronomy / Expertos se reúnen para promover la difusión de la ciencia a través de la astronomía

By CRISTIÁN GONZÁLEZ S. in The Mercury (Life-Science-Technology, A10) Representatives of specialized agencies participating this week in a meeting that seeks to generate links and teaching methods, both university and school level. The clearest skies of Chile yesterday were covered with clouds, and a steady rain welcomed the participants of the First Chilean-American Summit Dissemination of …

1ST. CHILEAN-AMERICAN SUMMIT DISSEMINATION OF ASTRONOMY EDUCATION / 1ª. CUMBRE CHILENA-ESTADOUNIDENSE DE DIFUSIÓN DE LA EDUCACIÓN EN ASTRONOMÍA

AUDIO International Dimension We talked to Edward Hardy, representative in Chile of the Association of American Universities, and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory; Michael Roth, of the Carnegie Institution for Science and in charge of the Magellan Telescopes Giants, who are in fourth region; and Chris Smith, director of the Observatory in Chile Association of …

Image Release: Mysterious Phenomena in a Gigantic Galaxy-Cluster Collision

Researchers using the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) have produced the most detailed image yet of a fascinating region where clusters of hundreds of galaxies are colliding, creating a rich variety of mysterious phenomena visible only to radio telescopes. The scientists took advantage of new VLA capabilities to make a “true color” radio …

New Presidential Award for STEM Mentors

THIS SOLICITATION IS FOR AN HONORARY AWARDS PROGRAM Within this solicitation, the word “proposal”, “proposer”, “application”, or “applicant” may be used in place of the word “nomination” or “nominator”. The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) accepts nominations in lieu of proposals or applications. PAESMEM is a honorific awards program …

Image Release: Venus, If You Will, as Seen in Radar with the GBT

From earthbound optical telescopes, the surface of Venus is shrouded beneath thick clouds made mostly of carbon dioxide. To penetrate this veil, probes like NASA’s Magellan spacecraft use radar to reveal remarkable features of this planet, like mountains, craters, and volcanoes. Recently, by combining the highly sensitive receiving capabilities of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) …

NRAO and STARGATE Collaboration to Spur Innovation: MOU Launches New Initiative

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Charlottesville, Va., and the Center for Advanced Radio Astronomy (CARA) at the University of Texas, Brownsville (UTB), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) laying the groundwork for collaborating on new initiatives and frontier radio astronomy technologies. This collaboration will foster leading-edge research and development at both NRAO’s …

Astronomers Catch Multiple-Star System in First Stages of Formation

For the first time, astronomers have caught a multiple-star system in the beginning stages of its formation, and their direct observations of this process give strong support to one of several suggested pathways to producing such systems. The scientists looked at a cloud of gas some 800 light-years from Earth, homing in on a core …

The National Society of Black Physicists is pleased to announce the 2015 Annual Conference

The conference is to be held at the Hilton Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland on Wednesday, February 25–Saturday, February 28, 2015. The Annual Conference brings together a broad range of experts in multiple fields of physics (astronomy, astrophysics, biophysics, condensed matter and materials, physics, high energy….and more).  NSBP conference is the largest academic meeting of minority …

VLA Finds Unexpected “Storm” at Galaxy’s Core

Astronomers using the National Science Foundation’s Very Large Array (VLA) found surprisingly energetic activity in what they otherwise considered a “boring” galaxy, and their discovery provides important insight on how supermassive black holes can have a catastrophic effect on the galaxies in which they reside. “It appears that a supermassive black hole is explosively heating …

Image Release: High-Def Radar Images of Near-Earth Asteroid

A team of astronomers using the National Science Foundation’s Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia and NASA’s Deep Space Network radar transmitter at Goldstone, California, has made the most detailed radar images yet of asteroid 2004 BL86. The images, which were taken early in the morning on Jan. 27, 2015, reveal the asteroid’s surface …

ALMA Goes Broadband with New High-Speed Data Connection

ALMA’s remote location is a boon to astronomy but a telecommunication challenge for the astronomers who work there. Thanks to a newly installed broadband fiber-optic line between the ALMA and the city of Calama in northern Chile, astronomers from around the world now have high-speed access to this world-class telescope. ALMA, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter …

ALMA Residencia Construction to Start

The construction contract to build the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA)  Residencia has been awarded to the consortium L y D – Axis, consisting of Constructora L y D S.A. and Axis Desarrollos Constructivos S.A. Both are Chilean companies that have experience in constructing residential-type buildings in the challenging environment of the north of Chile. …

Improved Saturn Positions Help Spacecraft Navigation, Planet Studies, Fundamental Physics

Scientists have used the National Science Foundation’s Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) radio-telescope system and NASA’s Cassini spacecraft to measure the position of Saturn and its family of moons to within about a mile — at a range of nearly a billion miles. This feat improves astronomers’ knowledge of the dynamics of our Solar System …

Top Ten Radio Hits of 2014: NRAO Astronomers Select Most Interesting News Stories of the Year

Looking back at the science news released by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in 2014, the staff scientists at NRAO selected what they believe are the top 10 stories based on both scientific impact and public interest. “These ‘top ten’ are just a small sampling of the myriad ways in which the state-of-the-art NRAO …

AUI’s Tim Spuck, co-editor of Einstein Fellows

Tim Spuck is the AUI STEM Education Development Officer for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. He earned his master’s degree in science education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and is nearing completion of a D.Ed. in curriculum and instruction at West Virginia University. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is seen by leaders from …

NRAO’s Lory Wingate outlines Project Management best practice in new textbook.

AUI wishes to congratulate Lory Wingate, whose book, “Project Management for Research and Development: Guiding Innovation for Positive R&D Outcomes” has been published by CRC Press/Taylor & Francis Group, an important publisher of scientific, technical, and medical content for academics, professionals, and students. Lory is Director of Program Management at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory …