The National Research Council's Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory (DRAO) studies radio signals generated by various physical processes in the universe in order to gain a better understanding of these phenomena
Site of the Observatory near White Lake, British Columbia (NRC)
|After thousands of years of
observing the heavens with the naked eye, mankind improved his vision with the telescope.
Another three centuries passed before it became possible to see" beyond the range of
visible light. In the 1930's, an American engineer's chance discovery of radio signals
coming from the centre of our Galaxy led to the new science of radio astronomy.
Radio astronomers have a broader range of frequencies to study than do their optical colleagues. Cosmic radio signals are generated by a wide variety of conditions. Some of these environments can be recreated in the laboratory, but others are too extreme to be reproduced on earth and can be investigated only by astronomical observation and mathematical modelling.
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NRC -- Welcome to the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory