CARMA open house this Saturday

CARMA, the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy facility east of Big Pine, will be holding its annual and much-anticipated Open House on Saturday, June 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Located on Westgard Pass about 13 miles east of Big Pine, CARMA is the Northern Hemisphere’s largest millimeter-wave radio observatory. Astronomers from all over the world use the facility to make cutting-edge observations and study such diverse topics as the formation of stars and planetary systems, the dynamics of galaxies, and the evolution of galaxy clusters in the distant universe.

The Open House is a unique opportunity to view CARMA’s state-of-the-art telescopes and control facilities, as well as displays of recent scientific results. Scientists, who will also be available to answer questions and explain their own research, will lead tours of the site. Reservations for the Open House are not needed. Refreshments will be served free of charge.

CARMA is located just off Hwy 168, about 13 miles east of U.S. 395. A sign will be posted at the access road to the CARMA site, just east of the road to the Bristlecone Pine Forest. (Note: No events will be held at the Owens Valley Radio Observatory. Do not turn onto Leighton Lane.)

For information, call 760-938-2075 to speak with Dr. Mark Hodges (x109) or Dr. Stephen Muchovej (x130).