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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

LOFAR -- World's Largest Radio Telescope

Here is a really well-done video on the new EU radio telescope. Very interesting. They are listening as low as 10 MHz. (I hope my little QRSS shark fins don't cause any ET confusion!) The antenna elements pictured looked a lot like the devices that Paul, NA5N, has been working on out at the Very Large Array. One thing I didn't quite get in the video: the shot of Arecibo.

Anyway, check out the video. You will like it.


1 comment:

  1. Back in the 60s I interned at a large but little known radio telescope out here which was buried way back in one of the local valleys. It was the FAROUT (MAN) system, or Frequency Agile Radio Outer Universe Telescope (Maser Amplified Node). Unfortunately the program came to a sudden end one day when a cooling system failure resulting from slim maintenance funding and lack of spare parts caused the MASER amplifier to go.....Up In Smoke.

    73.......Steve Smith WB6TNL
    "Snort Rosin"


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