Author Archives: Robert Cumming

About Robert Cumming

Astronomer and information officer at Onsala Space Observatory. Press contact for LOFAR in Sweden.

Onsala’s LOFAR station: ready for the universe

We now have a finished field of LBA antennas and the station is already complete. Leif will doubtless update with the facts and figures. In the meantime, this is a picture I took yesterday afternoon of the new LBA field … Continue reading

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Onsala’s first LOFAR antennas pass the moose test

Daniel Johansson making sure the HBA tile lid is on right. Mooseprint in the forest next to the field The Onsala LOFAR station has its first antennas in place. 27 of the station’s 96 high-frequency antenna tiles arrived by truck … Continue reading

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LOFAR antenna visits the Science Festival in Göteborg

The Göteborg Science Festival (www.vetenskapsfestivalen.se) is in full swing. Onsala Space Observatory is running a number of events at the festival. As part of the fun, we have a specially-built model LBA antenna which now has pride of place at … Continue reading

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Fieldwork and photography, May 5

Wednesday at the Onsala LOFAR field was sunny and productive. Astronomy PhD student Haukur Sigurðarson did his stint working on the field and took along his camera. – I wanted to get an overview of the whole field, and just … Continue reading

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Snow, snakes and 19 kilometres of cable

Station construction works better in good weather. Tuesday’s cold and wet conditions made the cables much harder to handle, reports Leif Helldner, and made it tough to keep up last week’s impressive pace. By Friday the team had rolled out … Continue reading

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Here’s where the cables go

– It’s great to have got started at last! It’s not just a flat sandy field any more: Onsala’s LOFAR station is finally taking shape. The quote is from project manager Leif Helldner. I talked to him on Wednesday afternoon … Continue reading

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