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(North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves)
(effort to detect gravitational waves through pulsar timing)

NANOGrav (North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves) is a Pulsar Timing Array, incorporating Arecibo and the GBT of the NRAO. It is an effort to detect Gravitational Waves through comparison of the timing of observed Pulsar cycles. It currently (2018) observes about 50 Millisecond Pulsars.

One nanohertz has a period of about 30 years, for a the Wavelength around 30 light years or 100 Parsecs. Likely, the title is meant to imply "a few nanohertz", i.e., a period of a few years. The NANOGrav effort began around 2010 and years of data are required to distinguish waves with such a long period: it is akin to determining orbits from ongoing observations.

Similar efforts are the Parkes Pulsar Timing Array (PPTA) in Australia and the European Pulsar Timing Array (EPTA). All the efforts collaborate and coordinate as the International Pulsar Timing Array (IPTA).

(consortium,gravitational waves,pulsars,timing,distributed)

Referenced by:
Gravitational Wave (GW)
International Pulsar Timing Array (IPTA)
Nanohertz Gravitational Waves
Pulsar Timing Array (PTA)