Holmdel in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Karl Jansky Radio Astronomy Monument
This sculpture commemorates Jansky's discovery, first announced in 1933, which gave birth to the science of radio astronomy. The sculpture is oriented as Jansky's antenna was at 7:10 p.m. on September 16, 1932, at a moment of maximum signal. As his directional antenna rotated, the center of our galaxy came into view in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius, low on the southern horizon.
Radio Astronomy pioneer Karl Jansky died in 1950, years before the scientific community realized the significance of his discovery. In 1973, the International Astronomical Union gave his name to the international unit of radio flux density. Jansky's work led to a number of breakthroughs in astronomy: the discovery of quasars, pulsars, radio galaxies, and, near this site in 1964, the Nobel Prize-winning discovery by Bell Laboratories scientists of the cosmic microwave background which has revolutionized our understanding of the origin of the universe.
Erected by Bell Laboratories.
Location. Click for map. The marker and sculpture are located far behind the giant transistor shaped water tower behind what was once a reflection pond on the abandoned Bell Labs facility. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel NJ 07733, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Radio Astronomy (approx. half a mile away); Geraldine Morgan Thompson (1872-1967) (approx. 2.6 miles away); North American Phalanx (approx. 3.7 miles away); Fairview Cemetery Veterans Monument (approx. 3.9 miles away); Capt. Joshua Huddy (approx. 3.9 miles away); Colts Neck War Memorial (approx. 3.9 miles away); Pvt. Michael Field (approx. 4 miles away); Old St. Gabrielís Church (approx. 4 miles away).
More about this marker. The picture on the marker is of, "Karl Jansky and his 100-foot-long rotating directional antenna, from a photograph taken in 1932."
Two other markers commemorating famous events or discoveries on Bell Lab sites have dissapeared. This marker was erected by a private company that no longer exists and is not being maintained. It will likely no longer exist in a few years.
As of July, 2016, the former Bell Labs building has been reopened for office space, retail, and hotel rooms. The new company running the property has restored the Radio Astronomy Monument and is taking good care of it.
— Submitted December 14, 2016, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.
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