25 april 2017

Westerbork observatory

Near the village of Westerbork, about 30 min drive from our home, is this row of 14 antennas with a diameter of 25 meters each, and together they form one big (HUGE is a better word) telescope. Four of them are movable along 2 rail tracks. They are operated by ASTRON, the Dutch foundation for astronomy research. The telescopes are often combined with other ones around the world to perform certain observations.
Officially called the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT), it is commonly known as 'sterrenwacht Westerbork' ('Westerbork observatory').

15 opmerkingen:

  1. That is quite the sight. I wasn't so long ago that something like this was science fiction.

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  2. Dat is een hele rij, doet een beetje buitenaards aan.

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  3. This is quite remarkable as it is not the kind of equipment we see at all! They are HUGE!

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  4. ...they look like giant bird nests!

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  5. I've not seen this kind of thing before. Maybe you're telescope(s) will be the first to identify aliens on other planets?

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  6. Hallo Marleen, ik kwam je blog tegen en ja, even kijken dan natuur. Mooie foto's heb je, het is een mooie geheel en goed opgebouwd met foto's van stukjes Nederland, heel bijzonder.
    Groet Kees.

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  7. Very interesting, they look like a landing spot for aliens. :) I never seen something like this before, glad to learn something new.

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  8. wel een indrukwekkend zicht Marleen

    prettige avond

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  9. What an impressive sight Marleen, so much power in that row of antennas!

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