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If a single telescope gives astronomers another eye with which to peer into the heavens, two new state-of-the-art telescopes just inaugurated on Mt. Graham may open a window on the universe. One device, an $8-million radio telescope built for Germany's Max Planck Institute, will look at radiation in the Milky Way and other galaxies seeking the molecular dust and cold gases from which stars are born.
Using what may be the most powerful supercomputer ever assembled, scientists are preparing to electronically link 10 radio telescopes scattered over half a hemisphere into one enormous instrument capable of clearly imaging the deepest recesses of the universe. Astronomers and government officials are scheduled to meet today at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory field station in Socorro, N.M., to dedicate the new $80-million system, called the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA).
March 8, 1990 | From Times wire services
In another sign of the warming U.S.-U.S.S.R. relationship, the two countries today announced American participation in a Soviet plan to launch a radio telescope into orbit. The United States will play a role in the RADIOASTRON project, a three- to four-year mission to launch a satellite into orbit in the mid-1990s carrying a radio telescope to probe the universe.
November 18, 1988 | LEE DYE, Times Science Writer
For astronomer Martha P. Haynes of Cornell University, the strange collapse of a huge radio telescope in West Virginia this week was a devastating loss. "Two years of work just went down the drain," she said in a telephone interview. The 300-foot dish was constructed 26 years ago as an "interim" facility and went on to become a world-class astronomical instrument, but it crashed to the ground Tuesday night, curtailing the work of hundreds of astronomers.
March 13, 1987 | LEE DYE, Times Science Writer
A huge galaxy with swirling gases that appear to undulate has been identified as possibly the largest galaxy in the universe, scientists reported today. For at least 20 years astronomers thought the galaxy was average in size, probably no bigger than our own Milky Way; but when they examined it recently with a huge radio telescope in New Mexico they learned that it is actually 13 times larger than the Milky Way. Its544434554could not be seen with optical telescopes. The galaxy was measured at 1.
October 3, 1986 | LEE DYE, Times Science Writer
An international team of radio astronomers, using an orbiting communications satellite, has demonstrated the feasibility of placing radio telescopes in orbit around Earth, in effect creating giant antennas thousands of miles in diameter. Radio astronomers have long dreamed of creating a network of orbiting and ground-based antennas that would be linked to form a giant antenna, and the experiments announced today in Science magazine show that it can be done, according to Gerald S.
July 18, 1986 | LEE DYE, Times Science Writer
The need to explain how we fit into the universe is no different now than it was 20,000 years ago. What's different is the stories we tell. --Ed Krupp, director, Griffith Observatory. A quiet revolution is under way in what may be the oldest of scientific endeavors. It began when the first human gazed at the heavens and wondered what it all meant.
May 5, 1985 | Associated Press
About 220 scientists, researchers and their families gathered at a desert observatory Saturday to dedicate three new radio telescopes that will study the origins of stars. "The scientific potential of the instrument is enormous," Dr. Laura P. Bautz, director of the National Science Foundation's Division of Astronomical Sciences, said at the ceremonies near Bishop. "I know the astronomical community shares my excitement."
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