Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Mattila, Seppo
Organisation University of Turku
Project title Nordic Optical Telescope Scientific Association
Decision No. 334693
Decision date 21.01.2020
Funding period 01.01.2020 - 31.12.2022
Funding 1 155 000
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Project description
Nordic Optical Telescope (NOT) started operations in 1990 and has since then had an important role in the astronomy research and postgraduate training in Finland. The excellent site, quality of the optics and wide ranging instrumentation make NOT a very efficient tool for astronomy. In Finland observational programs are being led from the Universities of Turku, Helsinki and Oulu as well as from the Aalto University. The telescope has offered unique opportunities for studies of, e.g., active galaxies, supernovae, interacting binary stars and solar system objects. The new instrument being built for the NOT will guarantee its competitiveness for over a decade. NOT has also an important role in the training of the next generation of researchers. Before the telescope was owned by the Swedish foundation Nordic Optical Telescope Scientific Association (NOTSA). The continued operations of the NOT will now be secured by co-operation between University of Turku and Aarhus University.