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Commemorating war victims with the Westerbork telescope

Submitter: ASTRON Communications Team
Description: Every year on May 5, we celebrate our freedom in The Netherlands. And every year on May 4, we commemorate the victims who fought for our freedom during the Second World War and other wars.

We also commemorate this with the Westerbork telescope. Every year on May 4 we put our telescope dishes in a mourning position. In this video, made in collaboration with Herinneringscentrum Kamp Westerbork, you can see the dishes being put into that position by our operator Jurjen Sluman (who was operating the telescope from home due to the national coronavirus restrictions). An impressive sight with an impressive instrument.
Copyright: ASTRON/Herinneringscentrum Kamp Westerbork
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