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Haystack Observatory

Overview

The MIT Haystack observatory is about an hour outside of Boston. The dish antenna inside the radome (a golf ball like structure but it only repeats about 3 times) measures 37 meters in diameter (over 100 feet). Scientists operate the giant antenna (dish) in the building under the radome. Many experients take place here, for example: "one of the more impressive ideas presented by the speakers involved masers, which glow inside large molecular clouds. Their use is a very clever way to map movement of the gases in distant nebula and galaxies."

DRAGON helps to provide and maintain a high-speed fiber-optic connection between Haystack and the rest of the world. At the time of this writing, this is a 2.488 Gbps OC-48 SONET connection between Westford, MA and Washington, DC.

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Pictures

MIT Haystack Observatory Radome Showing Telescope Inside   Telescope Dish   Telescope Dish Base

MIT Haystack Observatory Radome Showing Telescope Inside (another)   MIT Haystack Observatory Radome

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Topic revision: r2 - 2006-02-02 - ChrisTracy
 
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