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Chautauqua Course DAY-27


Radio Astronomy Update 2015: Pulsars and Gravitational Radiation, Dark Matter and Galaxy Evolution


KAREN O'NEIL and STAFF, National Radio Astronomy Observatory


June 1-3, 2015 in Green Bank, WV                                                                       Apply: DAY


Note:   This course, new in 2013, is cosponsored by and offered at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia.  Applications should be sent to the DAY Field Center.  This course has course fee of $195 (in addition to the $100 application fee), which covers course-related expenses.  Limited reduced rate on‑site lodging will be available to early applicants.  See course DAY-6  Exploring the Frontiers of 21th-Century Astrophysics with the VLA and VLBA which expands on this topic later in the summer in Socorro, NM.


This new course is designed to celebrate more than 50 years of contributions to the forefront of astronomy by the telescopes of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green Bank. During this time researchers using these telescopes have made major advances in our understanding of topics as diverse as chemical processes in interstellar space, the early phases of star formation, the assembly of galaxies and galaxy clusters at high redshift, and the properties of black holes.

For this course presentations will emphasize recent research at Green Bank in two areas:

  • pulsar studies, that could lead in the near future to direct detection of gravitational radiation
  • hydrogen studies that reveal the structure and evolution of galaxies and their dark matter halos

The presenters will be scientists active in research in these areas.

Radio astronomy is critical to answering some of today’s hot questions in astronomy. Participants, on location at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, will meet astronomers engaged in answering these questions, learning about the radio universe from the researchers in the field. Participants will also work in small groups to observe the radio universe first hand by using a 40 foot diameter radio telescope. In addition, since the course will be held at the telescope site, participants will go behind-the-scenes to tour the labs and telescopes, including the 100 meter world-class Green Bank Telescope. It is the world's largest fully steerable single dish radio telescope.

For college teachers of:  all disciplines.  Prerequisites:  none.



Costs for 2015

Application fee: $100

Course fee: $195 [Due in March 2015]

Optional on-site lodging: $35 per person per night in a double



Dr. O'Neil  is the Assistant Director of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in charge of its Green Bank operations.  Her research is in extragalactic gas and dust, and low-surface-brightness galaxies. The staff includes other scientists, electronic engineers and programmers.



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