The department is also taking part in several space telescope missions, mainly large ESA/NASA missions, such as the radio telescope Herschel Space Observatory and the infrared James Webb Space Telescope, but also the predominantly Swedish POGO balloon experiment.

The telescope in the AlbaNova dome

The installation of a new telescope in AlbaNova University Center in 2007 has significantly improved the opportunities for local instrumentation and testing. The telescope is a reflector telescope with a 1-m main mirror, making it one of the largest optical telescopes in Sweden. It was funded by a grant from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

Nordic Optical Telescope


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