Haystack Observatory


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Haystack Observatory

A facility in Massachusetts, NW of Boston, run by the Northeast Radio Observatory Corporation (NEROC) under agreement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It has a 36.6-meter radio dish consisting of 96 stiff panel sections. The telescope is housed in a 45.7-meter diameter raydome, which reduces the effects of wind and rain; has a Cassegrain focus and an altazimuth mounting. It was originally used for radar astronomy, but is used mostly for spectral-line and VLBI work. It can observe in a selection of wavebands between 0.3 and 18 cm. At the shorter wavelengths the secondary mirror is deformed to take account of errors in the shape of the dish surface. The site contains a number of other radio and optical telescopes and radar antennas.
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It is transferred the old-fashioned way in hard disk drives to the MIT Haystack Observatory in the U.S and the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Germany.
An international team of over 200 astronomers, including scientists from MIT's Haystack Observatory, has captured the first direct images of a black hole.
* The black hole project was led by Bouman and an MIT team of 200 scientists from the school's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and the MIT Haystack Observatory, according to the BBC.
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The amount of information obtained from the EHT will be so immense that it is too large to transfer digitally - it will be stored physically and taken to the Max Planck Institute in Germany, and the Haystack Observatory in Massachusetts for processing.
Under this contract the Haystack Observatory at MIT shall provide construction and installation of the signal chains for three Next Generation Geodetic VLBI antennas and validation of the completed systems; operations support in the form of correlation of geodetic VLBI data, operation of the Westford antenna, and engineering support for the NASA geodetic network; and continued development of the next generation geodetic VLBI systems.
After pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies at Cornell University, he is now a principal research scientist in the Atmospheric Sciences Group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Haystack Observatory in Westford.
We have constructed a Very Small Radio Telescope (VSRT) using instructions obtained from MIT Haystack Observatory. This radio telescope will be used to study the Sun's radio wave emission that may be produced by solar activity.
"If Einstein's theory is going to break down, this is where it'll happen," says coauthor Shep Doeleman of MIT's Haystack Observatory in Westford, Mass.
Washington, September 28 ( ANI ): An international team, led by researchers at MIT's Haystack Observatory, has for the first time measured the radius of a black hole at the center of a distant galaxy-the closest distance at which matter can approach before being irretrievably pulled into the black hole.
Shep Doeleman, an astronomer at MITEEs Haystack Observatory, said the black hole companion of Sagittarius A* canEEt hide much longer.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Haystack Observatory is jointly developing the project, with funding from the National Science Foundation; the Netherlands Foundation for Research in Astronomy (ASTRON); and the US Naval Research Laboratory.