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The 100m Radio Telescope on Display in Heidelberg

The Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy (MPIfR) has provided a new 1:100 scale model of the Effelsberg radio telescope to be donated to the "Haus der Astronomie" (HdA) at the Königstuhl site near Heidelberg. On Tuesday, April 29, it was officially inaugurated at HdA with a talk by Michael Kramer, entitled "Der WeiBe Riese in der Eifel" and the subsequent unveiling of the telescope model.
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The Effelsberg radio telescope is operated by the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn. It was constructed from 1968 to 1971 and inaugurated on 1 August 1972.
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With a diameter of 100 meters, the Radio Telescope Effelsberg is one of the largest fully steerable radio telescopes on earth. Since operations started in 1972, the technology has been continually improved (i.e. new surface for the antenna-dish, better reception of high-quality data, extremely low noise electronics) making it one of the most advanced modern telescopes worldwide.
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Effelsberg is an important part of the worldwide network of radio telescopes. The combination of different telescopes in interferometric mode makes possible to obtain the sharpest images of the universe. Since its inauguration in 1972, the Effelsberg 100-m radio telescope is one of the world's largest fully steerable telescopes. It operates at wavelengths from about 7 mm to 90 cm.
The telescope is operated by the Max Planck Institut für Radioastronomie in Bonn, Germany (part of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft). For nearly 30 years it was the largest fully steerable radio telescope in the world - until the opening of the Green Bank Telescope in Green Bank, West Virginia (USA) in the year 2000. This last telescope has a diameter of 100 - 110 meters. The Effelsberg radio telescope is employed to observe pulsars, cold gas- and dust clusters, the sites of star formation, jets of matter emitted by black holes and the nuclei (centres) of distant far-off galaxies.

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