Twenty years ago, today, the Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Johan Jørgen Holst lay down the foundation stone for the Alomar Observatory on top of the Ramnan mountain on Andøya.
The idea for such an observatory in Northern Norway was put forward in 1991 by professor Ulf von Zahn from the Leibniz Institute for Atmospheric Physics in Kühlungsborn, Eivind Thrane from the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment and Kolbjørn Adolfsen from the Andøya Rocket Range.
The two countries, Norway and Germany decided to join forces and three years later the first light scattered back from the polar middle atmosphere was detected by the telescopes at the observatory.
In 2013, the observatory has grown to become a world class facility for studies of the atmosphere all the way up to the lower thermosphere. The science community around Alomar has an international character and scientists from all over the world are locating their instruments at the observatory.
Please visit the Andøya Rocket Range website for all information.