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Radio Astronomy Course at the NRAO

students at NRAOReinhardt University offers a unique course in radio astronomy. Each summer Dr. David Moore, assistant professor of physics, leads a select group of students in an intensive one-week radio astronomy course at the Green Bank National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, West Virginia.

Under the instruction of Moore, students measure the atomic hydrogen emissions from the plane of our galaxy, the Milky Way. During the week, students collect data by looking in different directions around the plane of the galaxy to confirm the shape and direction of rotation of the Milky Way.

Participants of Radio Astronomy Course
Students who participated in the course for summer 2008 included (back row, left to right): Ryan Hill, a freshman from Kennesaw; Richard McLaughlin, a freshman from Alpharetta; Tommy Lamson, a junior from Decatur; Devin Stone, a sophomore from Ball Ground; Moore; Mary Grace Howard, a sophomore from Sandy Springs; Nicki Varsel, a sophomore from Gainesville; and Wes Hill, a senior from Kennesaw; (front row, left to right): Angel Livingston, a junior from Alpharetta; Amber Loggins, a junior from Dawsonville; Sheila Udogi, a senior from Atlanta; Caitlyn Crippin, a junior from Conyers; and Susan Harden, a spring '08 graduate from Jasper.

Take a Closer Look
Students discover worlds about radio astronomy from their experiences at the NRAO. Take a closer look at this year's trip.

Want to Explore the Galaxy?
To learn more about the radio astronomy course, contact Moore at 770-720-5595 or