Haystack Observatory

Haystack Observatory

Haystack Observatory is an interdisciplinary research center focused on radio astronomy, geodesy, and atmospheric science.   Astronomy research at Haystack Observatory covers a wide range of phenomena occurring anywhere from the solar system to the farthest reaches of the early universe.  For example, radio astronomy allows researchers to explore the dusty interiors of colliding galaxy systems or search for the signature of the first stars and galaxies beyond the reach of the most powerful optical telescopes.   In the fields of geodesy and geophysics, Haystack researchers execute very precise studies of events and structures below the Earth’s surface by using some of the very same technologies used to study space, VLBI techniques.  Haystack Observatory's Atmospheric Sciences Group studies Earth's atmospheric blanket and the protective bubble of the magnetosphere that shelters everything on the planet from the most energetic wavelengths of the Sun's radiation.  The group studies all levels of the atmosphere using incoherent scatter radar (ISR) and distributed arrays of radiowave instruments such as Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers.