The LOFAR Test Array is operational once again in the midlands of Ireland after a short break during which upgrades were made to Rosse Observatory (www.rosseobservatory.ie).
Luckily enough, only a couple of days after the LOFAR LBAs went up, solar activity was detected in the form of Type III solar radio bursts. The bursts detected show that the setup is running with increased sensitivity offering the possibility to detect some of the fainter solar activity. It now compares well with the other antennas hosted at Rosse Observatory.
The official opening of Rosse Observatory will take place inside the grounds of the Birr Castle Demesne on June, 28. We hope to see many science enthusiasts visiting the observatory on the opening day.