MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- The West Virginia University Center for Astrophysics is getting a $500,000 grant to build a new detector for the Green Bank Radio Telescope.
The work is being done in conjunction with Brigham Young University.
Officials say the money will be used to build a phased array feed.
The detector will operate as an antenna to increase the amount of sky that can be surveyed in a single snapshot image. That will allow the telescope to map the sky more quickly.
Faculty members at Brigham Young University are developing the hardware and software that will be used to support the telescope's upgrades.
The National Radio Astronomy Observatory will be responsible for providing the phased array feed and integrating the software into the Green Bank Telescope operations.