Friday, July 30, 2010

In the news: LOFAR to go far

LOFAR, LOw Frequency ARray for radio astronomy, is a new, digitized telescope composed of thousands of cheap poles. Its aim is to survey the Universe, all the way down to the far edge of the radio band, at radio frequencies from ~10–240 MHz with greater resolution and greater sensitivity than ever before. It should be able to precisely pick up electromagnetic waves as long as 65 feet, and help scientists map out events of the cosmos, such as stellar mergers and black hole accretion. But, like most things of strength, power, and genius,
I just love it because it's beautiful.

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