National Centre for Radio Astrophysics

National Centre For Radio Astrophysics

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<!-- unsourced image removed: thumb|260px|One of the 30 GMRT dishes illuminated at twilight -->India's National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA), located on the Pune University Campus, is part of the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. At Khodad, 80 km from Pune, NCRA has set up the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT), the world's largest telescope operating at metre wavelengths. GMRT consists of 30 fully steerable dishes each having a diameter of 45 metres, spread over a 25 km area.NCRA is in collaboration with Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) located nearby and many of the people are jointly working for the two institutes. NCRA is very active institute in science popularization and giving training to students in undergraduate courses. For such students who are interested in rather exotic field of radio astronomy, NCRA has set up several radio antennas in the campus itself. These contain 3-metre and 4-metre radio antennas as well as the construction of a 15-metre antenna in progress. These are generally used by students who participate in the different summer and winter courses organized by the institute.

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