Research infrastructure

Physics and engineering sciences

Research infrastructure

Physics and engineering sciences

NOT – Nordic Optical Telescope

Nordic telescope on La Palma for optical astronomy. Sweden's involvement in NOT is being phased out and will cease entirely in 2020.

NOT is a joint Nordic telescope on the Canary island of La Palma. NOT is controlled by the NOTSA (Nordic Optical Telescope Scientific Association) Council, where the Swedish Research Council represents Sweden. All Nordic countries contribute to the funding through their national research councils. Over the year, Swedish astronomers have used a number of instruments at this telescope; in recent years primarily for observations of supernovas and galaxies.

In 2010, the Swedish Research Council made a focus decision to support Swedish participation in the construction of the ESO telescope E-ELT. As a consequence, RFI decided to phase out its engagement in NOT, in order to finally leave the cooperation at the beginning of 2020.

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