Radio Show Features MRO Interferometer All Week

SOCORRO, N.M. February 10, 2016 – The StarDate radio program is featuring the Magdalena Ridge Observatory Interferometer every evening this week.

The two-minute astronomy show broadcasts at 7 p.m. nightly on KUNM 89.9 or online at the radio station's website..

This entire week's broadcasts focus on interferometry and are a result of a two-day visit by the show's producers last fall. Dr. Michelle Creech-Eakman, project scientist for the MRO Interferometer, hosted the visit and did hours of interviews with the show's staff.

The StarDate crew also visited the interferometer site atop the Magdalena Ridge and met with staff engineers and director Ifan Payne.

"My goal was to teach the world interferometry," Creech-Eakman said. "They mention the MRO in several of the episodes. I thought it would be cool to let the world know we are here."

The first episode on February 8 was titled "Taking The Measure of a Giant." Tuesday's episode was "Sharpening the View of the Stars." Tonight's episode is "Adding up the Telescopes." Past episodes can be heard at www.stardate.org. StarDate is produced by the McDonald Observatory at the University of Texas.

The MRO Interferometer is in the process of installing its first telescope, thanks to a recent $25 million funding agreement with the Air Force Research Laboratory. That cooperative agreement will allow the facility to install its first three telescopes over the next five years.

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