In December, the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics will be awarded to three scientists who were able to first shed light on black holes. One half of the award will be given to Sir Roger Penrose from the University of Oxford, who in 1965, used mathematics and Einstein's general theory of relativity to predict the existence and describe the nature of black holes. + Read More</b>

Astronomy Hunting for the Mysterious Origins of Fast Radio Bursts

Despite their explosive nature, the genesis of Fast Radio Bursts (FRB’s) remains unclear. This enigma inspired Dr. Nipuni Palliyaguru and her team to launch a hunt for FRBs using one of the world’s most sensitive radio telescopes – the Arecibo Observatory. + Read More


The Karl G. Jansky Lectureship, first awarded in 1966, is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the advancement of radio astronomy. Dr. Haynes started her work in radio astronomy as an intern at the Arecibo Observatory in the summer of 1973, and throughout her career she has used the telescope for her groundbreaking research on the nature and characteristics of the nearby galaxy populations while making significant contributions to the observatory, overseeing instrument upgrades and leading the Arecibo Legacy Fast ALFA survey. + Read More


Dr. Kristen Jones was a postdoctoral researcher at the Arecibo Observatory from September 2016 - August 2019, but her connection with AO started long before then. “I had been an REU student at the observatory 10 years before my postdoc,” Dr. Jones stated, referring to the National Science Foundation’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. “Data from that project were the basis for a paper I published in 2018.” Read More