nov 112012
New Radio Telescope Predicted to Find 700,000 New Galaxies!

  Australia’s newest radio telescope is predicted to find an unprecedented 700,000 new galaxies, say scientists planning for CSIRO’s (1) next-generation Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP). The simulated galaxies ASKAP surveys WALLABY and DINGO.  WALLABY will survey a large portion of the sky and is predicted to find 600,000 new galaxies. DINGO will survey a smaller section [continue reading]

jul 182012
Telescope Network Zooms in on the Heart of a Distant Quasar

  An international team led by scientists from the Max-Planck-Institute for Radio Astronomy has succeeded in observing the heart of a distant quasar with unprecedented sharpness, or angular resolution. The observations, made by connecting radio telescopes on different continents, are a crucial step towards a dramatic scientific goal: to depict the supermassive black hole at [continue reading]

jun 222012
The Sharpest-Ever View of Black Hole Jets

  An international team, including NASA-funded researchers, using radio telescopes located throughout the Southern Hemisphere has produced the most detailed image of particle jets erupting from a supermassive black hole in a nearby galaxy. Left: The giant elliptical galaxy NGC 5128 is the radio source known as Centaurus A. Vast radio-emitting lobes (shown as orange [continue reading]

jun 022012
SETI Finds No Signs of Extraterrestrial Intelligence... Yet

  Astronomers have completed the first search for extraterrestrial intelligence on nearby exoplanets using very long baseline interferometry. A telescope’s angular resolution is its ability to distinguish small details of a distant object. The Hubble Space telescope, for example, has an angular resolution of about 100 milliarcseconds. That’s good but by no means the best. [continue reading]