Experience a LOFAR international station in VR (3D & 360-degree)

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22.04.2019

I'm taking my first steps into the world of VR with Blender and I hope you enjoy it. This video shows a LOFAR international station created entirely with Blender. It is rendered in 3D and allows you to turn around 360 degrees while the camera moves across the field. I would like to thank the ARTS collaboration for rendering the animation on their cluster.

There is also a higher resolution version in 3D and 360-degree without camera movement: https://youtu.be/BlJ0vk-4w8w

About LOFAR:
The LOw-Frequency ARray (LOFAR, http://www.lofar.org/) explores the Universe at very low radio frequencies (for a paper see e.g., van Haarlem et al. 2013, A&A 556, A2, https://doi.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201220873). It consists of two instruments: the high-frequency (30-80 MHz) and low-frequency (110-240 MHz) array or in short the HBA and the LBA. The design of both arrays is a result of the different frequency coverage. LOFAR stations are distributed all over Europe with a central, dense core in the Netherlands. By combining all stations, it possible to use LOFAR as a single radio telescope the size of Europe. This gives LOFAR a very sharp eye to investigate very small structures, but this also makes it very sensitive to faint, large-scale radio emission. LOFAR provides astronomers with a unique tool to study a large variety of objects and phenomenons in the Universe, but its low frequencies makes it also highly suitable to study space weather and Earth's ionosphere.

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