The Arecibo 305-m radio telescope in Puerto Rico.

NANOGrav Student Teams of Astrophysics ResearcherS (NANOStars) at F&M

Bringing the world's largest radio telescope to the F&M campus.

Room: Hackman 226
Phone: 717-291-3885

The NANOStars research and education program is part of NANOGrav, an effort to detect gravitational waves using pulsar timing. NANOStars allows F&M students to use the Arecibo radio telescope and other premier observatories around the world for pulsar search and timing projects. The students operate the telescope remotely from F&M and are primarily involved in searching the Galaxy for radio pulsars and timing those pulsars. NANOStars students also search the data collected using a pulsar candidate viewer to identify new radio pulsars. These pulsars are then confirmed and further studied.

New Pulsars Discovered by F&M NANOStars Students

NANOStars Observing and Candidate Inspection Links

NANOStars Documentation

NANOStars Students

The NANOStars students at F&M are:

If you are an F&M student interested in joining the NANOStars program, please contact Froney Crawford ( to discuss.

NANOStars Telescopes

The NANOStars program uses the following radio telescopes:

NANOStars Meetings and Events

The NANOStars teams from the different NANOGrav institutions meet weekly to discuss science, present progress on research activity, and plan upcoming observing and data analysis tasks.

Other events for NANOStars students to attend:

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