NRAO Holds Open House

By: Lindsey Ward
By: Lindsey Ward

November 5, 2006

Rock hard bananas, steaming ice cream, and even a conversation to South Africa. At the NRAO open house Sunday, there was something kids of all ages could enjoy.

The observatory studies all aspects of the universe but specializes in radio wave lengths. Those in attendance had an opportunity to wrap their hands around what scientists here do.

A fan favorite Sunday was the telescopes pointing towards the skies.

"I really like looking at the sun and seeing all the different parts," Fourth grader Porter Sherman said.

For UVA foreign exchange student Mark Ma seeing all the exhibits reminded him why he came to America.

"I think it's so amazing. Engineering is so amazing, so I like my major more," Ma said with a smile.

Director Dr. Fred Lo said many are unaware Charlottesville is home to the largest radio astronomy observatory in the world. He wants the community to understand what going on in their own back yard and well as the universe.

"I think it's important that we understand the world that we live in. The world here means the whole universe and what we understand from the universe in fact has a lot to do with the in environment we live in," Lo stated.

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