A Part of the World’s Largest Radio Telescope LOFAR at Onsala Space Observatory

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The Onsala Space Observatory by the coast of western Sweden expands further, and with inauguration of the LOw Frequency ARray (LOFAR) late in September, the observatory becomes a part of the world’s largest radio telescope. The 192 new radio antennas, at an area like a football field, is not very imposing, but together with 47 other arrays in Europe the radio telescope can map radio signals from several billions light years back in the Universe to only few hundred light years after the Big Bang.