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New technology revolutionises the way we look at the universe

Space has always stirred up our curiosity and fed our imagination. Radio astronomy has for decades helped us observe both inner and outer space, but thanks to the new receiver technology we will soon be able to see more than ever.
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What’s this all about?

With existing receivers, we can observe space one frequency at a time. Thanks to the new receiver technology, we can use three frequencies simultaneously. This makes observation more accurate, faster and more sensitive.

New technology revolutionises the way we look at the universe

  1. Precision: With the new receiver, the object is simultaneously detected at three different frequencies. The change can be compared to the transition from black and white to colour. Concurrency also makes it possible to view the object at different depths, which will provide entirely new information about the object.
  2. Speed: With a new receiver, switching from one frequency to another is fast, as no time is wasted by changing receivers.
  3. Scale: the new receiver is more sensitive, which enables the detection of distant, dim and unknown objects.
Aalto University Metsähovi Radio Observatory

A leap to a new level of technology

Located in Kirkkonummi, Aalto University's Metsähovi is the only astronomical radio observatory and continuously operational astronomical observation station in Finland. Metsähovi is internationally known for its unique, continuous solar monitoring programme that has lasted for over 40 years, and its high radio frequencies unreachable by most other radio observatories. Metsähovi was also part of the international research group which gave us the first picture of a black hole.

As receiver technology develops, several European research stations are upgrading their technology. Metsähovi and Finland have the opportunity to participate in creating a new type of receiver network and defining its research objects and activities.

Joining the network in its early stages would open up the opportunity to utilise and develop Finland's internationally renowned specialist expertise in astronomy at a completely new level. 

Join us on an unprecedented space adventure! 

By donating you support the utilisation of internationally renowned, Finnish special expertise in astronomical science in exploring the secrets of space.

With the new receiver:

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Donate towards the new Metsähovi receiver!

Let's revolutionise the way we look at the universe.

Contact to donate

 Elina Karvonen

Elina Karvonen

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