Scientists – and especially astronomers – tend to use quite a few acronyms in their work. A lot. Complex scientific terms can be easily contracted into an acronym that’s easy to remember and re-use.

While some of you may be tempted to scoff at the somewhat less inventive acronyms used in astronomy, the creativity that goes into naming some facilities, projects and methods is undeniable.

If you fancy yourself a bit of an acronym buff, why not test your skills decoding the following. This is based on a quiz that was given out at one of our annual Radio Astronomy Schools.


We’ll update this post with the answers on Monday, so don’t forget to check back in and let us know how you went.

UPDATE: How did you go? Click on the image to see the answers and tell us your score in the comments section below.


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