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Curator's Coffee -- "The Growth of Long Wavelength Astronomy "

Classroom 3

Lee J. Rickard, Ph.D.

You have probably heard of the Very Large Array (VLA), and perhaps visited there. Nearby is the Long Wavelength Array (LWA), another radio astronomy facility that you may not have known existed. Through the addition of a new station at Sevilleta Wildlife Refuge, and the possibilities for further growth in coordination with the growth of the VLA, the Long Wavelength radio arrays are producing an amazing amount of exciting new science. Come and explore the world of radio astronomy with Dr. Rickard.

Dr. Lee Rickard trained as an astronomer and has worked on molecular gas in galaxies, infrared studies of starburst galaxies, space-based and ground-based optical interferometry and imaging spectrometry, and synthetic aperture lidar.  He was program manager for the first station of UNM’s Long Wavelength Array project.  He is now retired, and becoming a philosopher of science. He is a consultant for the Museum’s Space Science wing and planetarium. He has a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Chicago.Held at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science1801 Mountain Rd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104 • (505) 841-2800 Visit:

Pre-registration required.  Limit 15 participants. Purchase in advance online to guarantee your seats, go to  Online Curators Coffee ticket sales stop Midnight, 12:00 am, the morning of the event. 


The New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science reserves the right to cancel any event that does not reach a minimum of 6 participants.

$8 General, $7.20 Members
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