Humans have gazed at the stars for thousands of millennia. Yet, it may be difficult to imagine, with so much light permeating from our vibrant, teeming cities, how the sky, viewed on a dark night, has been a source of wonder and study.
Astronomy is one of the oldest sciences in the world, and radio astronomy, in comparison, is the relative new kid on the block. The accidental discovery of radio waves in the 1930s — from the center of the Milky Way Galaxy — was overshadowed by the events of World War II. It wasn’t until the 1960s that the field of radio astronomy started to take off, where the potential to develop more complicated instrumentation now form the foundation of our astounding radio discoveries today.
So come and explore radio astronomy with us! Discover the tools scientists use to observe radio waves with a series of apps and features on our website. Enjoy your tour of the invisible Universe!
Take our Virtual Telescope Tours with ALMA Observatory and the Very Large Array
ALMA Observatory sits high atop the Chajannator plateau at 16,500 feet in the Atacama desert. It is the driest, non-polar desert on Earth making ...