Visit of WSRT and LOFAR
Today we visited the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRF) and the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) as part of the ADASS2019 conference. Especially LOFAR was very interesting since it is a very innovative new kind of telescope. Although it does not look very fancy, the science which can be done by LOFAR is outstanding. It observes at the largely unexplored low-frequency range from 10- 240 MHz and provides several unique observing capabilities. Tens of gigabytes of data are recorded and processed every second which add up to petabyte of data which has to be transported, correlated and archived.
Below is a picture of the Westerbork array with its 14 telescopes: