The Metsähovi Radio Observatory is an astronomical observatory affiliated with the Aalto University. Its main premises are in Metsähovi, Kylmälä, 35 km west of the campus of the Helsinki University of Technology.The observatory currently operates one 13.7 m diameter radio telescope, staffed by some 20 researchers, engineers, research assistants, undergraduate and postgraduate students, and supporting personnel. Operational since 1974, the observatory is active in the fields of;
- Fundamental research in radio astronomy
- Development of instruments needed in radio astronomy
- Development of methods for radio astronomical measurements
- Applied scientific computing
- Space research
The equipment at the observatory is focused primarily on extrasolar radio signals between 2 to 150 GHz. The primary subjects of the research are variable quasars, active galaxies, molecular line radiation, geodetic and astronomic very long baseline interferometry as a member of the European VLBI Network. Secondary subjects are solar observations, solar system 22 GHz water maser and spacecraft related analysis.