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Restoration Dwingeloo Radio Telescope kicks off

27 Apr 2012, 13:29 UTC
Restoration Dwingeloo Radio Telescope kicks off

ASTRON, the Netherlands institute for Radio Astronomy, kicks off the restoration of the Dwingeloo Radio Telescope. The restoration of this monument, owned by ASTRON, is awarded to Multi Paint Steel Preservation BV from Stadskanaal. Holstein Restoration Architecture from Groningen will manage the project. The Dwingeloo Radio Telescope was, at the time of its opening in 1956 by Queen Juliana, the largest radio telescope in the world. Until the ‘90s of last century, the telescope has served as a scientific instrument. Astronomers discovered the galaxies Dwingeloo I and II with the Dwingeloo Radio Telescope. In 1998, the 25-meter dish, was placed in the so-called storm position and since then, has no longer been used for scientific purposes. With the establishment of the CAMRAS foundation in 2007, the radio telescope has been given a new purpose for amateurs and education.
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