Light sensitive cabin established

A new Kings Bay common research facility, the Light Sensitive Cabin, has recently been established in Ny-Ålesund. The observatory, called jovially "lysbua" by Norwegians, has been designed to accommodate 4 domes on the roof, two of them with slightly larger working space in the cabin than the two others.

The domes, delivered in early October, were mounted on the roof and the cabin was placed at designated site about 2,5 km away from town. The site was agreed on earlier and it has minimal light contamination.

Two domes are already in use. One hosts the all-sky-camera (moved from the Rabot station) owned by Italy. The other one is occupied by the Korean Polar Research Institute (KOPRI) with the Fabry-Perot Interferometer installed. The cabin is connected to high-speed internet, and it is insulated to keep the temperature inside above freezing.