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Ever wonder about radio astronomy? Join us at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, WV for fascinating interviews with astronomers who are using the largest fully steerable telescope in the world: The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telelscope. Each episode is about 20-30 minutes in length.
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2007-03-26 16:00
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2007-03-24 16:00
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Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors

GBT Upgrade Project

Mike Holstine, Business Manager and engineer at the NRAO in Green Bank, describes the project to replace the GBT track this summer.

Bubbles in the Milky Way

Dr. Jay Lockman of NRAO discusses how bubbles can form in the Milky Way, and tells us we might be in one.

Astronomy and Life at the South Pole

Dr. Jules Harnett describes her work, daily life and other adventures at the South Pole.

Dark Energy and the Accelerating Universe

Dr. Jim Condon of NRAO chats about what we know and what we DON'T know about the universe.

Happy Birthday, NRAO!

Dr. Frank Ghigo of NRAO, talks about the founding of NRAO in 1956 and the Observatory's early years

Radar Moon

Bruce Campbell, National Air and Space Museum astronomer, describes how he maps the moon through the use of radar.


Scott Ransom, NRAO astronomer, describes his research on a bizarre type of neutron star called a Magnetar.

The Search for the Biggest Molecule

Glen Langston, NRAO astronomer, is searching for H-C-C-C-C-C-C-C-C-C-C-C-C-C-N. Glen talks about how the discovery will impact our knowledge about pre-biotic molecules.

The Atacama Large Millimeter Array

Jeff Mangum, NRAO astronomer, describes NRAO's newest telescope project, ALMA , as well as his research looking for formaldehyde in nearby galaxies.

Looking for Earths

Ron Maddalena, discusses other solar systems, how they differ from our own, and what a new radio telescope called ALMA will be able to teach us about extrasolar planets.

Stellar Flares on the Tiniest Stars of All

Rachel Osten, University of Maryland, discusses her research on M-dwarf stars, which can produce flares that are much stronger than solar flares.

Life Cycles of the Rich and Famous Stars

Tom Troland, University of Kentucky, chats about the role magnetic fields play in forming stars, his life as an astronomy professor, and how his dad got him started.

Z Machines

Not only does Andy Harris (U. Maryland) search for distant galaxies, but he designs his own equipment with which to do it. Learn more about Harris' work on a Z machine that will enable him and others to search for the most distant galaxies.

The Beginning of Radio Astronomy

What a Gem! During a recent spring-cleaning at the local radio station, a recording of a 1996 interview with the father of radio astronomy, Grote Reber was found. Enjoy learning about the science AND the man!

The Most Distant Objects in the Universe

Astronomer Yuri Kovalev, chats about growing up in Russia and using the largest telescope on Earth to image radio jets in the most distant objects in the universe: quasars. You'll also hear from amateur astronomer Bob Anderson who describes the January...

Wild Wonderful M82

Astronomer Kristy Dyer, Naval Research Lab is using the GBT to image M82, a starburst galaxy in Ursa Major. Her goal: to learn what triggers star formation.

Prebiotic Molecules

Astronomer Mike Hollis of NASA-Goddard and colleagues are searching for large organic molecules in the interstellar medium. Learn more about these molecules of prebiotic significance.

Pulsars, Globular Clusters, and the Best Clocks in the Universe

Astronomer Scott Ransom has discovered 30 pulsars and counting in a globular cluster known as Terzan 5. Learn more about these bizarre spinning neutron stars.

Carbon Monoxide in Quasars

Kirsten Knudson describes galaxies containing super massive black holes and her work to detect Carbon Monoxide in the surrounding gas and dust.

Deep Impact!

Astronomer Amy Lovell (Agnes Scott College), takes time from observing to describe how she uses the GBT to detect evidence of water in Comet Tempel 1-- post collision with the NASA Impactor.

Threading the Magnetic Slinky

U.C. Berkeley graduate student, and avid Red Socks fan, Tim Robishaw explores elusive magnetic fields in our Milky Way.

Star Formation in Distant Galaxies

Thomas Greve of Cal Tech describes his quest to understand star formation in galaxies far far away.