Exploring the Radio Universe

3D Graphics in Astronomy

As an associate scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), I study the dynamics of galaxies in the Universe by using a variety of telescopes. I use the 305-m Arecibo, 100-m Green Bank, Very Large Array radio telescopes (above), IRAM 30-meter, and Palomar Hale Telescope to study the dynamics of these galaxies near and far.

I'm interested in studying and working with 3D graphics. The animation above is a 3D volume rendering of the velocity field based on data from the PSCz catalogs (Saunders et al. 2000 and Schmoldt et al. 1999).

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Brian R. Kent NRAO

In additon, I'm fascinated by the current revolution in astronomy dealing with large datasets. I write software dealing with the visualization and mining of these datasets at radio frequencies. I work on some of the calibration pipeline software for our telescope arrays. I've also worked on the Green Bank Telescope data archive, and the Very Large Array calibration pipeline.

I earned my Ph.D. in Astronomy and Space Sciences from Cornell University. Read here about what I study or visit my YouTube channel for some astronomy visualizations!