Best Evidence Yet for a High-Energy Jet Emanating from the Milky Way’s Black Hole

by Nancy Atkinson November 20, 2013

Jets of high energy particles emanating from a black hole have been detected plenty of times before, but in other galaxies, that is — not from the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way, known as Sagittarius A* (Sgr A*). Previous studies and other evidence suggested that perhaps there were jets – […]

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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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Gigantic Plasma Jets Pour From the Heart of Hercules A

by Jason Major November 30, 2012

Combined Hubble (optical) and VLA (radio) images show enormous radio jets shooting out from the galaxy Hercules A Talk about pouring your heart out! Astronomers using Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 and the recently-upgraded Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) radio telescope in New Mexico have identified gigantic jets of plasma, subatomic particles and magnetic […]

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Help Give the Very Large Array a New Name

by Nancy Atkinson October 14, 2011

The iconic Very Large Array is almost as much pop culture as science instrument. It’s been part of movie plots, on album covers, in comic books and video games. But now, the VLA is being transformed from its original 1970s-vintage technology with state-of-the-art equipment. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory says that the upgrades will increase […]

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Big or Small, All Stars Form the Same Way

by Nancy Atkinson July 14, 2010

How do massive stars form? This has been one of the more hotly debated questions in astronomy. Do big stars form by accretion like low-mass stars or do they form through the merging of low mass protostars? Since massive stars tend to be quite far away and usually are surrounded by a shroud of dust, […]

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