The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is the USA's national radio observatory. It was set up in the mid-1950s, is funded by the National Science Foundation and managed by Associated Universities, Inc., a consortium of nine top class private universities. It is headquartered in Charlottesville, Va.
The NRAO designs, builds and runs its own highly sensitive radio telescopes for scientists to use globally. It got its first operational radio telescope in 1959. Since then, it has four chief facilities at Green Bank, West Virginia; Socorro, New Mexico; Tucson, Arizona and Santiago, Chile.
Originally, its headquarters were at Green Bank.
Charlottesville, Virginia: Located on the site of the University of Virginia, it is the workplace of almost 100 scientists, including J...