Participants can join a very interesting telescope tour to two world-class radio telescopes on Thursday afternoon 10 October (sessions will end Thursday morning):

WSRT – Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope
LOFAR – Low Frequency Array.

The WSRT, consisting of 14 25m dish-shaped antennas, is currently being transformed into an efficient 21cm L-band survey facility by the installation of the Apertif system which significantly increases the field of view and thereby the survey speed through the adoption of Phased Array Feeds (PAFs). LOFAR is the world’s largest radio telescope which combines signals from 51 phased array antenna stations distributed in The Netherlands and across Europe. It covers the largely unexplored low-frequency range from 10-240 MHz and provides several unique observing capabilities.

Both WSRT and LOFAR are operated by ASTRON Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy. Web links with information about the telescopes will follow in a later stage since ASTRON’s new website is under construction.

Buses for the tour will leave from ADASS conference venue MartiniPlaza at 13:30 hrs, after the end of the conference. The tour will finish with drinks and snacks at a nice café in Exloo, not far from the LOFAR telescope. Buses will be back in Groningen (drop-off points to be confirmed later) around 19:15/19:30 hrs.

Participants are requested to register for the telescope tour in case they wish to join. Costs for the telescope are mentioned at the registration page.

Radio Telescope Westerbork

the so-called ‘Super terp’ of the LOFAR telescope (Low Frequency Array)