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Metsähovi Radio Observatory

Metsähovi Radio Observatory

Metsähovi Radio Observatory is the only astronomical radio observatory in Finland.

Metsähovi’s main instrument is the 14-metre radio telescope, used around the clock, every day of the year. Its observational data is used, e.g., for studying active galaxies, the Sun, and the rotation of the Earth.

Metsähovi Radio Observatory's 14-metre radio telescope

Studies

Metsähovi staff supervise and instruct all kinds of student theses from a wide variety of fields, from mechatronics to software engineering and photography to machine learning. Cross- and multidisciplinary student projects often involve supervising professor from an applicable field, and an instructor from Metsähovi.

If you are interested in applying the tools and skills of your own field in an astronomical project, don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected] to discuss how the project could be realised!

Research

The research activities at Metsähovi are concentrated on radio observations done at millimetre waves and microwaves (2-150 GHz). The main areas are solar millimeter and microwave radiation, variable quasars and active galaxies, and very long baseline interferometry (VLBI).

The research in technology includes development of data acquisition, data processing, receivers and receiving methods. Metsähovi hosts researchers and students especially from the Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering and the Finnish Centre for Astronomy with ESO.

Radio lightcurve of quasar 3C279 observed at Metsähovi Radio Observatory.

Active galaxies

The backbone of Metsähovi's observations are the long-term lightcurves of radio-bright active galaxies at high radio frequencies. Our 37 GHz light curves span four decades for many sources.

A radio telescope dedicated for solar observations at Metsähovi Radio Observatory.

Solar research

The Sun is the nearest star and thus a premium target for observations to understand how stars work.

Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI)

Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) is a technique where radio telescopes all over the world are all observing the same source at the same time at the same frequency, thus operating as one gigantic virtual telescope.

Learn more about Metsähovi Instruments

Metsähovi operates multiple instruments for studying the universe in radio frequencies. In addition to operating and developing radio telescopes and their receivers, Metsähovi also runs extremely accurate atomic clocks and and specialized computers for interferometric observations.

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Metsähovi's main instruments

Metsähovi operates multiple instruments for studying the universe in radio frequencies. In addition to operating and developing radio telescopes and their receivers, Metsähovi also runs extremely accurate atomic clocks and and specialized computers for interferometric observations.

Metsähovi's receiver

Metsähovi's main receivers

The essential feature of a radio astronomy receiver is the capability to detect very weak radio signals as sensitively as possible. In radio telescopes and antennas, the receiver is the central part, doing the actual data collecting.

Metsähovi on map

Coordinates of Metsähovi

The location of a radio observatory needs to be known precisely. The Metsähovi 14-metre radio telescope's coordinates are one of the most accurately known in Finland. In fact, the Finnish coordinates are partly based on measurement done in Metsähovi.

News

Way Out There - Metsähovi Radio Observatory
Research & Art Published:

Dim light from far-away galaxies deserves a second look

Radio waves are being picked up from galaxies long considered to be silent. What’s up?
Aalto University / Students walking towards Metsähovi radio observatory / photo: Linda Koskinen
Studies Published:

Hey, space!

An updated course in radio astronomy allows students to observe far-away galaxies with the help of Finland's only radio telescope used for astronomical research.
Research & Art Published:

Metsähovi Radio Observatory monitors galaxies and forecasts space weather

The observatory is internationally renowned for its research on active galaxies, quasars.

Where to find us

Metsähovi observatory area gate

Metsähovi Radio Observatory

Metsähovi Radio Observatory is the only astronomical radio observatory in Finland.
Address: Metsähovintie 114, Kylmälä

Metsähovi people

Contact details for all people working at the radio observatory.