As the level of interest was high this time, people formed lines to view the RT-32 antenna and climb up to its support tower. In view of the great interest that people have shown in arriving at the radio telescope complex, VUAS is planning additional activities and events so that anyone can visit the radio astronomy center and find out what scientific research infrastructure is being used. From October 28 to November 2, open door days are planned at the Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Center, details of which will be found on the VUAS website. We would also like to remind you that it is possible to apply for tours at the radio astronomy center at preferred time, by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling +371 29230818, information about excursions is available at www.virac.eu.
The European Researchers' Night is an interactive educational event that offers insight into the secrets of researchers' work and gives an insight into the latest developments.
This time, Ventspils University of Applied Sciences invited to visit the Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Center in Irbene, to see free of charge 32-meter-diameter parabolic antenna used for world-class research with its infrastructure, walk through the 700 meters long underground tunnel which connects both radio telescopes and also see the RT-8 tower and its exposition of antenna RT-16 and RT-32 historical operation during the Soviet Union, as well have look at the 16-meter-diameter antenna dish placed on the ground next to RT-16 for free. Likewise, visitors of the event had a unique opportunity to see the large 32-meter-diameter parabolic antenna dish being turned for worldwide research.
The event also featured stands prepared by the Smart Technology Research Centre:
The event is coordinated by the State Education Development Agency (SEDA) in cooperation with the Latvian Academy of Sciences, leading Latvian higher education institutions, including Ventspils University of Applied Sciences, research institutes and other research related organizations.
The European Researchers' Night event program is funded by the European Union research and innovation program Horizon 2020 project NIGHTLV-2018-2019 (grant agreement № 819129).