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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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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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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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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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What is the Primary Programming Language Used at the VLA?

Question:  What is the primary programming language used at the Very Large Array?  My professor is curious and so am I.  – Cody Answer: There are a variety of programming languages used at the Very Large Array which support such … Continue reading

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Why Do Some Parts of a Radio Telescope Need to Be Kept Cold?

Question:  The guide for our tour of the GBT mentioned that they have to cool down the electronic equipment in the GBT itself to keep the RF emissions of the electronics from interfering with telescope reception.  Can you please explain … Continue reading

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Do Antennas in an Array Always Need to Point to the Same Spot?

Question:  There is a very nice animated clip of the array set as the bing.com background today (7-11-14).  I noticed that a few antennas are not rotating in sync with the rest (example: 1,2,4 and 9).  If the antennas move … Continue reading

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Can Radio Telescopes Be Used in Meteorology?

Question:  Hi! Can radio telescopes have some applications in meteorology, for example in prediction of weather conditions or natural disasters caused by meteorological changes in earth?  – Mehdi Answer:  Yes.  In fact, the weather maps that you see on the … Continue reading

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