Very Large Array

Have Astronomers Seen a Forming Planet in Action?

by Shannon Hall September 26, 2014

Huge disks of dust and gas encircle many young stars. Some contain circular gaps — likely the result of forming planets carving out cavities along their orbital paths — that make the disks look more like ripples in a pond than flat pancakes. But astronomers know only a few examples, including the archetypal disk surrounding Beta […]

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Galaxy Violence Revealed! Cosmic Crash Shows Cluster Crunch

by Elizabeth Howell June 3, 2014

Shock waves! Fast-moving particles! Magnetic fields! This image has it all. Behold the merging galaxy clusters MACS J0717+3745 about five billion light-years from our planet. That funny red thing you see in the center is new data from the Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array showing a spot where “shocks caused by the collisions are accelerating particles […]

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Supernova Sweeps Away Rubbish In New Composite Image

by Elizabeth Howell April 11, 2014

Shining 24,000 light-years from Earth is an expanding leftover of a supernova that is doing a great cleanup job in its neighborhood. As this new composite image from NASA reveals, G352.7-0.1 (G352 for short) is more efficient than expected, picking up debris equivalent to about 45 times the mass of the Sun. Elizabeth Howell on Google+

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Black Hole Steals Gas From Trillions Of Stars

by Elizabeth Howell January 23, 2014

Got gas?  The black hole in galaxy cluster RX J1532.9+3021 is keeping it all for itself and stopping trillions of stars from coming to be, according to new research. You can see data above from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory (purple) and the Hubble Space Telescope (yellow). The drama is taking place about 3.9 billion light-years from […]

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Your Weekend Movie: Beyond The Visible: The Story of the Very Large Array

by Nancy Atkinson October 4, 2013

While some of you will no doubt be heading to the theaters to see the new release of “Gravity,” for those that want to stay in for the weekend, here’s the perfect short film. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) has released a new 24-minute film about the recently renovated Karl G. Jansky Very Large […]

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