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  • MIT Haystack Observatory
    Radio Telescope Mark 4 VLBI Correlator VLBI Technique Development International VLBI Service IVS Publications Science Millstone Hill Observatory Millstone Madrigal Cedar Madrigal Array Systems Open Source Projects Space Science Resources Publications Radio Arrays MWA SKA MAPS Deuterium Very Long Baseline Interferometry VLBI Ionospheric Techniques Open Source Projects Haystack Radio Telescope Westford Radio Telescope Millstone Hill Radar Deuterium Array Atmospheric Optical Facility Undergraduate Research Research Experiences for Undergraduates REU Research Experiences

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  • MIT Haystack Observatory: Astronomy
    and regions where stars are being born High spatial resolution observations of maser emission around these young stars and around stars near the end of their life provide clues about how stars are born and how they die Haystack radio astronomers use high spatial resolution observing techniques to study the center of the Milky Way thought to contain a black hole Understanding the black hole in our Galaxy can provide clues to the origin of the Universe Another vital clue to the origin of the Universe is the abundance of deuterium which is an isotope of hydrogen with one proton and one neutron The detection of the radio emission from deuterium has been considered one of the most important goals in radio astronomy scientists at Haystack Observatory have recently detected this emission using a telescope specially designed for this purpose The most active and violently energetic objects are found far from the Milky Way and are strong radio emitters Among these are starburst galaxies active galactic nuclei and quasars High resolution radio observations show that these energetic object house powerful black holes at their cores Haystack scientists observe these powerful energy emitters at ultra high resolution imaging regions that lie within a light year of the central black hole New technology developments are being undertaken by Haystack scientists and engineers that will allow the study of the Epoch of Re ionization EOR This is the time in the early universe when neutral hydrogen was ionized leaving behind a transparent universe containing the first stars and galaxies These results will provide a new understanding to how the Universe came to be and how it evolved Astronomy education programs at Haystack Observatory include the REU program access to the 37 m radio telescope for undergraduate students and faculty and the development and

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  • MIT Haystack Observatory: Geodesy
    of arrival of signals from that source to each telescope can be determined to within a few picoseconds 3 picoseconds 1 mm of light travel time By observing many radio sources spread widely over the sky over a period of 24 hours data are collected that allow the ultra precise measurements of the Earth and its orientation in space The geodetic VLBI techniques in use at Haystack originated more than three decades ago at the Observatory which continues to lead the way in new developments and improved accuracy in these important research methods Geodetic VLBI in Action Among the important applications of geodetic VLBI are Measuring tectonic plate motions Measuring post glacial rebound Measuring and monitoring changes in the Earth s rotation and the wobble of its axis Understanding the interaction between Earth s mantle and core Quick Links e VLBI Mark 5 VLBI Data System Mark 4 Correlator VLBI2010 Memos developed for the VLBI2010 studies may be found at MIT Haystack Observatory 781 981 5400 Contact info haystack mit edu HOME CONTACT DIRECTIONS WEATHER INTRANET SITEMAP SEARCH Science Haystack Radio Telescope Wideband VLBI Radio Arrays MWA SKA MAPS Deuterium Small Radio Telescope SRT Publications Science Westford Radio Telescope Mark

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  • MIT Haystack Observatory: Atmospheric Sciences
    are available from the Madrigal Database or from the Millstone Hill ISR Data Access page Recent GPS measurements have extended this to global coverage The ISR s extensive field of view for ionospheric observations encompasses the full extent of mid latitude sub auroral and auroral features and processes The unique location of Millstone Hill near the Earth s plasmapause combined with the wide reach of the Millstone Hill steerable antenna have made it a premier facility for mid latitude ionospheric research magnetospheric studies and thermospheric measurements In addition to improving our fundamental understanding of the near Earth environment this research has immediate relevance to the welfare of people and our technological society since it contributes to the development of improved space weather alerts and storm predictions Quick Links MILLSTONE MADRIGAL CEDAR MADRIGAL RADAR STATUS VIRTUAL RADAR RADAR DATA ACCESS The earth s plasmasphere is a torus shaped region contained within our planet s magnetosphere MIT Haystack Observatory 781 981 5400 Contact info haystack mit edu HOME CONTACT DIRECTIONS WEATHER INTRANET SITEMAP SEARCH Science Haystack Radio Telescope Wideband VLBI Radio Arrays MWA SKA MAPS Deuterium Small Radio Telescope SRT Publications Science Westford Radio Telescope Mark 4 VLBI Correlator VLBI Technique Development

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  • MIT Haystack Observatory: Technology
    high speed global networks directly from telescopes to correlators around the world Technology Scientific research at the MIT Haystack Observatory is strongly coupled with major technology and instrumentation development that advances the capabilities of the techniques used in the Haystack s various research disciplines and enables the accomplishment of its scientific goals The current technological programs include Design and implementation of radio arrays operating at low frequencies Wideband signal processing wideband data recording and high speed data transport for very long baseline interferometry VLBI Development of ionospheric radar measurement techniques and distributed instrumentation and Dissemination of open source software systems for radar applications MIT Haystack Observatory 781 981 5400 Contact info haystack mit edu HOME CONTACT DIRECTIONS WEATHER INTRANET SITEMAP SEARCH Science Haystack Radio Telescope Wideband VLBI Radio Arrays MWA SKA MAPS Deuterium Small Radio Telescope SRT Publications Science Westford Radio Telescope Mark 4 VLBI Correlator VLBI Technique Development International VLBI Service IVS Publications Science Millstone Hill Observatory Madrigal Array Systems Open Source Projects Space Science Resources Publications Radio Arrays MWA SKA MAPS Deuterium Very Long Baseline Interferometry VLBI Ionospheric Techniques Open Source Projects Haystack Radio Telescope Westford Radio Telescope Millstone Hill Radar Deuterium Array Atmospheric Optical Facility Undergraduate Research

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  • MIT Haystack Observatory: Observing Facilities
    antennas a zenith pointing 67 m antenna and a 46 m steerable antenna In addition three other important facilities are part of the Haystack Observatory namely A radio array telescope consisting of 24 stations each equipped with 24 dipole antennas and a receiver tuned to 327 4 MHz is used for observations of the deuterium line A VLBI correlator the Mark 4 system is used to process astronomical and geodetic observations from VLBI experiments both through recorded data and in real time An atmospheric optics facility consisting of Fabry Perot interferometers provides measurements of winds in the Earth s upper atmosphere The Haystack Observatory also provides access to its research facilities for educational projects and operates a set of small radio telescopes and interferometers for undergraduate and pre college research experiences The Observatory also hosts instrumentation from collaborating institutions such as a digital ionospheric sounder digisonde from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and an all sky camera from Boston University MIT Haystack Observatory 781 981 5400 Contact info haystack mit edu HOME CONTACT DIRECTIONS WEATHER INTRANET SITEMAP SEARCH Science Haystack Radio Telescope Wideband VLBI Radio Arrays MWA SKA MAPS Deuterium Small Radio Telescope SRT Publications Science Westford Radio Telescope Mark

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  • MIT Haystack Observatory: Education and Outreach
    are many units installed on college campuses nationwide and worldwide In the continuing development of the SRT and its capabilities and in keeping with its long tradition in research and development in radio interferometry Haystack is bringing the techniques and science of interferometry to the undergraduate classroom The 37 m research grade telescope is available to undergraduate students nationwide for research The telescope is accessible remotely and provides students who have an interest in radio astronomy and who may not have local facilities that allow them to pursue this interest Observations using the telescope have been integrated into undergraduate curricula at all levels from demonstration experiments in basics astronomy courses to laboratory experiences and research projects at the more advanced levels Students have used the telescope to study emission from a variety of molecules including ammonia methanol and silicon monoxide Since 1987 Haystack Observatory has been part of an NSF sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates REU program that allows selected undergraduates to spend the summer at Haystack and work closely with the scientists The students work on research projects prepare extensive research reports and present their results at national conferences As a result of the success of the REU program a Research Experiences for Teachers program RET was started in 1999 This program brings in two teachers from local high schools to spend the summer at Haystack and learn about the research being done This experience culminates in a high school lesson plan that the teachers take back to their classroom for testing Once the lesson plans have been tested they are placed on the web for use by the larger community Several workshops have been run at Haystack to introduce other teachers to these resources A transportable SRT is available for the teachers to borrow and use in their

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  • MIT Haystack Observatory: About Haystack
    100 scientists engineers and technical personnel conducts the Observatory s research programs and operations The Observatory is a center within MIT s overall research structure and the Observatory Director reports to the MIT Vice President for Research Haystack Observatory scientists and engineers collaborate with faculty and staff in various departments and laboratories on the MIT campus and at various NEROC institutions as well as with other national and international groups Collaborative activities also exist with researchers at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory which shares the facilities at the site in Westford MA Download a copy of our brochure in PDF format 1 64 MB or explore our website to learn more about work being accomplished in the following scientific areas Astronomy Geodesy and Atmospheric Sciences Find out more about the technological developments underway at Haystack and the Educational and Outreach programs MIT Haystack Observatory 781 981 5400 Contact info haystack mit edu HOME CONTACT DIRECTIONS WEATHER INTRANET SITEMAP SEARCH Science Haystack Radio Telescope Wideband VLBI Radio Arrays MWA SKA MAPS Deuterium Small Radio Telescope SRT Publications Science Westford Radio Telescope Mark 4 VLBI Correlator VLBI Technique Development International VLBI Service IVS Publications Science Millstone Hill Observatory Madrigal Array Systems Open Source

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