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When we think of astronomy, we often associate the word implicitly with observing astronomical bodies with our own eyes, or from a signal collected in the visible light range. However, there is more information we can collect from these bodies when observing them using other kinds of light, unseen to the naked eye. Radio astronomy is an important tool in an astronomer’s toolkit, and can help us image hidden parts of the universe. Recently, radio astronomy was used to directly image a black hole in the center of a nearby galaxy for the first time!
This projects aims to further explore the ways in which radio interferometry can broaden and enhance our understanding of distant astronomical bodies, approaching it both physically and conceptually. Specifically, I worked on the design and construction of a radio telescope here at Bard, that will be able to detect radio waves coming from the Sun. Concurrently, I worked to understand the theoretical implications of radio interferometry and how the signal would be processed and used to determine the diameter of the Sun.
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Curtin, Isobel, "The Invisible Sun: Building a Radio Interferometer Telescope" (2019). Senior Projects Spring 2019. 242.