On 12 June 2020, LOFAR celebrates its tenth anniversary. The radio telescope is the world’s largest low frequency instrument and is one of the pathfinders of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), which is currently being developed. Throughout its ten years of operation, LOFAR has made some amazing discoveries. It has been a key part of groundbreaking research, both in astronomy and engineering. Here we feature some – but definitely not all – of these past highlights, with surely more to come in the future.
|Pulsar shows sudden mood swings|
|A large light-mass component of cosmic rays at 1017-1017.5 eV from radio observations|
|A complete image of the visible sky every second|
|Searching for extreme pulsars
|A brain transplant for LOFAR|
|Detecting SMBH long-term activity|