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First light for the international station in Potsdam

 

On December 10, 2009, the remote LOFAR station in Potsdam-Bornim (Germany) has seen first light. The Astrophysical Institute Potsdam (AIP) is establishing a remote LOFAR station in Potsdam in collaboration with ASTRON. The low-band antenna field (30-80 MHz) has been completed in October/November this year by the Astrophysikalische Institut Potsdam (AIP) (see left picture). This has been possible thanks to both the dedicated work of the people at the AIP involved and the good weather conditions during the construction phase.

In the second week of December, a team from ASTRON finished the installation of the electronics in the cabinet and connected the antennas with the central unit in the cabinet.

On Thursday, December 10, at noon the first radio map was taken (right). It shows the sky at 47 MHz with the bright radio sources Cas A and Cyg A.

ASTRON initiated LOFAR as a new and innovative effort to force a breakthrough in sensitivity for astronomical observations at radio-frequencies below 250 MHz. 
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