Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope by Matthias Groeneveld (Netherlands Photo Spot)

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Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope - Photo by Matthias Groeneveld

At the time of its construction in 1970, it was one of the largest and most high-tech radio telescopes in the world, boasting a 2.5-kilometer telescope array consisting of 14 dishes, each with a diameter of 25 meters. This huge contraption is still being used, producing new, far-reaching intergalactic discoveries thanks to a technological upgrade in 2000. Though aspects of its space-listening abilities have been eclipsed by newer technologies, Westerbork remains in active use by scientists to this day. The telescopes are accessible by walking (roughly 30 min) from the parking lot of the Westerbork Memorial Center. (Zwiggelte, Netherlands)

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