Onsala Space Observatory receives SEK 29 million for new telescopes
Part of this year's Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation grant will help finance two new radio telescopes at the Onsala Space Observatory.
Onsala Space Observatory will receive SEK 29.7 million from Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation, the largest private financier of research in Sweden, to build two new radio telescopes.
The telescopes will be used to measure how the Earth moves.
Together the telescopes will measure the Earth's movements more precisely than previously, using galaxies in the distant universe to determine their positions. The measurements will then be used by scientists studying the interplay between the Earth's interior, its crust, atmosphere, oceans and climate.
"The two antennas, each 12 metres in diameter, will work together in a network of similar telescopes currently being built and planned all over the world," says Robert Cumming, astronomer and communication officer at Onsala Space Observatory. "By observing galaxies billions of light years away, the twin telescope and its siblings around the world will be able to determine their positions on the Earth – and in space – with ten times better precision than is possible today.
The technology is known as geodetic VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometry).
The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation is the largest private financier of research in Sweden.
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