Nov 032013
November 3, 2013 - MRO Interferometer Accepts First Unit Telescope at NMT Campus

The first MRO Interferometer (MROI) Unit Telescope (UT) arrived from Belgium at the New Mexico Tech (NMT) campus on Friday November 1st. The long awaited arrival of the telescope, a major milestone for the project, which has been more than 15 years in the making. The crate containing the telescope was opened on Monday, November 4th at the Energetic Materials Research and Testing Center (EMRTC) and the telescope will be stored there until it is transported to the Telescope Receiving Facility, part of the MRO visitors center and maintenance facility (VCMF) on the Magdalena Ridge at the end of February, 2014. […]

Oct 032013
October 16, 2013 - We Are All Made of Star Stuff: The Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer  Dr. Michelle Creech-Eakman speaks at TEDx Albuquerque

Dr. Michelle Creech-Eakman has been working for years on a project of astronomical proportions and she recently gave a TEDxABQ talk to a packed Popejoy Hall at University of New Mexico (UNM) in Albuquerque about this ambitious project and its unmatched capabilities. Dr. Creech-Eakman’s talk, “The Magdalena Ridge Observatory houses technology that will change our understanding of the universe”, described the array of ten telescopes that is being constructed on Magdalena Ridge. Creech-Eakman is Chair of the Physics Department at New Mexico Tech (NMT) and Project Scientist for the Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer (MROI). TED, a prestigious national nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading was created in […]

Aug 142013
August 14, 2013 - MRO Takes Part in International Starry Night Event

On Saturday, August 10th, the Magdalena Ridge Observatory hosted a star party as part of the global International Starry Night Event. Coinciding with the Perseid Meteor shower, events were held around the world as part of the first International Starry Night, a celebration of starlight. Despite the non cooperating weather, 111 registered guests attended, along with MRO  staff and volunteers  from the New Mexico Tech (NMT) Astronomy Club, NMT Physics Department, Langmuir Laboratory, NMT Board of Regents, NMT President, NMT Cabinet, and the Socorro High School Golf Team. Tours of the 2.4-meter Telescope and the Interferometer were provided for guests by the MRO staff. Langmuir Laboratory and the NMT Physics Department representatives talked about the lightning research conducted on the mountain including […]

Jul 192013
July 19 - Delay Line Trolley Arrives from the U.K.

On June 28, 2013  the first delay line trolley, built by the Cavendish Laboratory team at Cambridge University arrived in Socorro, NM for site acceptance verification tests and installation at the Observatory on Magdalena Ridge. The arrival of the trolley is a major milestone for the project because the Delay Line System is one of the essential subsystems of the Interferometer. As part of the beam train system, the delay line is responsible for correcting path delay between telescopes due to the different locations of the telescopes and from atmospheric turbulence. Such corrections are difficult to make as they must be done precisely and in real time. Following delivery from the University of Cambridge the trolley has been […]

Jul 032013
July 3, 2013 - International Starry Night Event

A special event is being planned at the Magdalena Ridge Observatory. OneDarkSky, a professional group dedicated to educating people about light pollution, is organizing an International Starry Night event, set to coincide with the Perseid Meteor Shower on Saturday, August 10th. Magdalena Ridge Observatory is proud to be one of several locations in various countries participating in this public global event. The event coincides with the annual Regents’ Retreat and members of the NMT Board of Regents and their guests will be able to experience an evening at the Observatory. “I’m excited to be showcasing our facilities to visitors,” said Dr. […]