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A compilation of stories, telescopes, internship resources, and other things radio astronomy.

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Scoping out Radio Astronomy

A blog dedicated to telling the history of radio astronomy: its evolution, its discoveries, and its telescopes

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Two Weeks as a Visiting Astronomer in the Quiet Zone

Olivia Wilkins

A few weeks ago, an article I wrote appeared in Got Science Magazine. I wrote about my experience being a visiting astronomer at Green Bank Observatory for two weeks in October 2018, during which I used the Green Bank Telescope to observe to protostars, or young stellar objects on the verge of star birth.

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James Stanley Hey, the Sun, and Extragalactic Radio

Olivia Wilkins

Like his radio astronomer predecessors Jansky and Reber, James Stanley Hey's celestial observations were originally discovered. Hey first observed solar radiation while fighting German communications jams during World War II, and he continued on to detect the first extragalactic radio waves (which were originally dubbed "radio stars").

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In the heart of the Eifel: das Radioteleskop Effelsberg

Olivia Wilkins

The Radioteleskop Effelsberg is one of the largest fully-steerable radio telescopes in the world, second only to the GBT. Its parabolic reflector dish has a diameter of 100 meters, which can be seen towering over the trees in the Eifel just 1.3 kilometers northeast of the village of Effelsberg in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

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