Tag Archives: Radio Astronomy

Very Large Array Visitor Statistics

Question: I am currently working on a research project about dark skies for one of my master classes. I would really appreciate some of your time in getting information about the VLA. Does the VLA keep track of the number … Continue reading

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Do Radio Sources “Twinkle”?

Question: Usually observations with radio telescopes are not affected by rain, clouds etc. but recently i heard scintillation effects can affect observations with radio telescopes. I want to know why it is affected by that. – Anjali Answer: Radio observations … Continue reading

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Radio Astronomy Textbook Recommendation

Question: A couple of friends of mine and I are physics students. We have decided to build a radio telescope. I am responsible for data analysis part. What knowledge do I need more than Radio Interferometers, Fourier Transform and  Spectroscopy?  … Continue reading

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Where is Smith’s Cloud Located on the Sky?

Question: What is the sky position of Smith ‘ s Cloud  many thanks.  – Bill Answer: Smith’s Cloud is a high-velocity gas cloud gas located in the constellation Aquila (the Eagle).  The galactic coordinates for Smith’s Cloud are l = 39°, b = −13°.  … Continue reading

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Do Home Wireless Routers Interfere with the Telescope Operations at Green Bank WV?

Question: Hi, I just had a general question about small, at home, wireless routers and their interference with satellite signal. I live at Snowshoe, WV, about 25 minutes away from the satellite and observatory in Green Banks, WV. Before buying … Continue reading

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The Green Bank Telescope and the National Radio Quiet Zone

Question:  How does the Green Bank telescope work?  Is it really important for the Green Bank Telescope to be located in the national radio quiet zone for his operation? Why? Which are the most important discoveries through this telescope?  – … Continue reading

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How to Transform Audio Files into False Color Images

Question: I was hoping I might have just a minute of your busy time to answer a question for me.  I am working on a small-scale research project involving transforming radio waves into false-color images.  My question is how might … Continue reading

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Identifying Strange Sounds Received by a Radio

Question: I received a radio wave with my homemade antenna that it sounds like a motorbike, like a Harley Davidson. Which type of signal it could be? it could be about the sun or the earth magnetosphere? It’s for a … Continue reading

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Future Prospects for Radio Telescopes?

Question:  I was wondering if there are any future prospects or developmental plans for radio telescopes and if so what are they?  – Amy Answer: As you can probably imagine, the pace of science discoveries moves rather quickly, and we … Continue reading

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How Do You Make An Image From Interferometric Measurements

Question: How do you get an image from interference data? I have a decent understanding of interferometry and a  basic understanding of Fourier analysis, but I just cannot find an explanation.  – Don Answer: First, let me frame my answer … Continue reading

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