AUI is proud to have played a fundamental role in establishing the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) over 50 years ago, working with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and responding to the expressed needs of the US research community. Ever since, we have successfully managed NRAO for NSF, maintaining NRAO as the world’s leading radio astronomy observatory.Learn More
The Green Bank Observatory
The Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT), located in Green Bank, West Virginia, is the world’s largest fully steerable radio telescope. The telescope’s 2.3 acre collecting area has many novel features, including an unblocked aperture, an active surface, and state of the art receivers. Location within the 13,000 square mile National Radio Quiet Zone protects Green Bank from harmful radio interference. These features enable extreme sensitivity to faint radio signals over a large range of frequencies advancing our knowledge of astronomy, astro-chemistry, fundamental physics, and cosmology.
Long Baseline Observatory
The Long Baseline Observatory (LBO) is a continent-wide radio telescope system offering the greatest resolving power of any astronomical instrument in history. It is a system of ten identical radio-telescope antennas, controlled from a common headquarters and working together as a single instrument. The LBO’s 240-ton dish antennas, each 25 meters (82 feet) in diameter, are spread from St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, across the continental United States to Mauna Kea, Hawaii. The radio signals received by each individual antenna are carefully combined to produce images of celestial objects with hundreds of times more detail than the Hubble Space Telescope images.
STEM Education & Engagement
Associated Universities recognizes the importance of cultivating excellence, delivering value, enhancing education, and engaging the public. The AUI Office of Education and Public Engagement (OEPE) builds on decades of experience across formal and informal education and outreach, and the management of large complex science projects and facilities. Through the OEPE AUI works to identify and develop initiatives that are innovative and potentially transformative in STEM related education and outreach.Learn More
National Society of Black Physicists
AUI partners with the National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP) on programs to increase participation and retention of underrepresented groups in STEM-related careers. AUI also serves as the PI institution on the NSF award supporting the Annual Conference of the NSBP, the premier gathering of minority physicists and the largest recruiting fair for African American physics students and early career professionals.Learn More