Metsähovi Radio Observatory

Facility/Equipment: Facility


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.

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).

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 specialized computers for interferometric observations.

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.
Responsible personJoni Tammi
Acquisition date05/04/1974
Research TechniqueOther

Available for users outside Aalto University

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