Synthesis Radio Telescope Westerbork

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Erik Eshuis on May 26, 2009

The Synthesis Radio Telescope Westerbork consists of a linear array of 14 dish-shaped 25m antennas, 10 of them in fixed postions, 4 of them on rails, over a length of 3 km.

After 2006, 3 pulsars (fast rotating neutron stars), were discovered with the new Pulsar Machine II thanks to a newly developed computing and analysis method by Gemma Janssen, a PhD Astronomy at the Amsterdam University.

Read more about the Westerbork Telescope at Astron, Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy.

archrodney on June 2, 2009

I've read somewhere that those pulsars are relatively easy to discover coz they're very strong radio sources, not as UFOs. They don't want to emit too much radio waves. :) Nice purple clouds ;) cheers, archrodney!

Erik Eshuis on June 8, 2009

Thanks again! You're right about the pulsars. More than 1800 of them are discovered now, according to Wikipedia.

Cheers, Erik

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