Education REU Student Mishaal Jan Publishes Summer Research Study about Massive Star Forming Region

Mishaal I. Jan, a 2019 Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) summer student at the Arecibo Observatory, recently published her summer project on the detection of radio recombination lines in one of the most active star forming regions of our galaxy in the 2020 Compendium of Undergraduate Research in Astronomy and Space Physics.
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Artistic impression of the cosmic cow. Credit: Shanghai Astronomical Observatory, China.

Astronomy AO helps detect Magnetar in the Cow

The Arecibo Observatory was one of 21 telescopes involved in the large-scale European Very Large Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) Network (EVN) radio observations of the astronomical explosion AT2018cow ('the Cow'). AO, which has the largest collecting area of all of the participating telescopes, helped boost the sensitivity of the extended VLBI baselines to detect the radio signals, producing high-resolution images that enabled scientists to determine that the highly unique supernova resulted in the creation of a magnetar – a neutron star with a very strong magnetic field. Read More