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The Intersection of Science and Art

15 Feb 2018, 13:40 UTC
The Intersection of Science and Art
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In June 2017, we invited scientists and astronomers from around the world to discuss development plans and design ideas for the next phase of the Very Large Array in New Mexico. This collaboratively inspired design will take the best engineering concepts in radio telescopes and build an interferometric array with a much greater collecting area and spatial resolution — ten times greater than the current specifications of the VLA. This next generation telescope will be optimized for observations at wavelengths between the submillimeter wavelengths of ALMA and the centimeter wavelengths of the future SKA-1, maximizing the capabilities of each radio telescope in the most efficient way.
In an effort to connect the public with the science of radio astronomy, we invited four artists to join our four workgroups: The Cradle of Life; Galaxy Ecosystems; Galaxy Assembly through Cosmic Time; and Time Domain, Cosmology and Physics. Each artist was given the task of illustrating a science case in order to visually tell the story of what a next-generation Very Large Array will offer. Here’s what one artist had to say:
I had the great pleasure of being invited to join a ngVLA design conference (which I like to refer to the ...

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