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The LWA will be a low-frequency radio telescope designed to produce high-sensitivity, high-resolution images in the frequency range of 10-88 MHz, thus opening a new astronomical window on one of the most poorly explored regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. This will be accomplished with large collecting area (approaching 1 square kilometer at its lowest frequencies) spread over an interferometric array with baselines up to at least 400 km, located mainly in the state of New Mexico.
Key Science Drivers
1.Acceleration of Relativistic Particles in:
◦Hundreds of supernova remnants in normal galaxies at energies up to 1015 eV
◦Thousands of radio galaxies & clusters at energies up to 1019 eV
◦Ultra-high energetic cosmic rays at energies up to 1021 ev and beyond
2.Cosmic Evolution & the High Redshift Universe
◦Evolution of Dark Matter & Energy by differentiating relaxed and merging clusters
◦Study of the 1st black holes & the search for HI during Epoch of Reionization (EOR) & beyond
3.Plasma Astrophysics & Space Science
◦Ionospheric Waves & Turbulence
◦Acceleration, Turbulence, & Propagation in the interstellar medium (ISM) of Milky Way & normal galaxies
◦Solar, Planetary, & Space Weather Science
◦Possible new classes of sources (coherent transients like GCRT J1745-3009)
◦Magnetar Giant Flares
◦Prompt emission from gamma ray bursts (GRBs)
The LWA Project includes several institutions. The founding LWA members are the University of New Mexico, the Los Alamos National Laboratory in partnership with the Naval Research Laboratory. Virginia Tech and University of Iowa joined the LWA Project in July 2007 and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory joined in September 2008.
List of Participating Institutions:
•University of New Mexico
•Naval Research Laboratory
•University of Iowa
•Los Alamos National Lab
•Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Originally posted by Arken
reply to post by Xcathdra
Yes. A very and still unexplained Crop Circle!