LOFAR Chilbolton Station
Panoramic view of the Chilbolton Station (explanation).
Welcome to the LOFAR-UK Website
The LOw Frequency ARray, LOFAR, is a radio telescope working at the lowest frequencies accessible from Earth. Combining many thousands of simple dipole receivers (just like the one in your radio at home) with the latest in high tech computing, LOFAR will be able to survey wide areas of the sky all at once and will open up a new window for astronomers.
When completed, LOFAR will consist of over 5,000 separate antennas spread in "stations" all over Europe. The main project is based in the Netherlands, and most of the array will be there, but outposts are planned in Germany, France, Sweden, Poland and the UK. Several stations are now working in the Netherlands, and a link-up to the first international station (in Efflesberg, Germany) has been successfully completed.
The first LOFAR "station" to be built in the UK is based at the Chilbolton Observatory in Hampshire. The first parts were delivered Autumn 2009, and installation took place over summer 2010. The station was officially opened on 20th September 2010.