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Cosmic Radio

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The first station in what would be the largest radio telescope ever built, called LOFAR (Low Frequency Array), had a successful test run last week, earning the go-ahead for full construction later this year. A total of 77 stations—including 96 antennas planted in these fields near Exloo Drenthe, the Netherlands—would eventually dot Holland and Germany and allow astronomers to listen in on the first galaxies in the universe.

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