ASTRON joins ESCAPE project to build open science cloud

ASTRON will participate in the ESCAPE project, that is part of the effort to build a European Open Science Cloud (EOSC). The EOSC will allow universal access to scientific data through a single online platform, both for the general public and for professional researchers. Lees verder

Cosmic serpent reveals new way massive stars die

Astronomers have discovered a unique binary star system containing a pair of massive ‘Wolf-Rayet’ stars: a kind believed to explode as supernovae. The system has created an elegant spiral dust cloud whose form can be understood if a star in the system is spinning extremely fast. Such stars have never previously been confirmed, but are thought to produce the most powerful explosions in the Universe, gamma-ray bursts, when they die. Lees verder

Weighing planets and asteroids using pulsars

A team of scientists from the `International Pulsar Timing Array' consortium, led by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, with contributions by researchers from ASTRON, has used pulsar timing data to measure the masses of the dwarf-planet Ceres and other asteroids. The team has also measured the masses of the major planets of the solar system with much improved precision than a past study and demonstrated how pulsar-timing data can be used to explore unknown massive objects orbiting the Sun. Lees verder

Super-slow pulsar challenges theory

An international team of astronomers have discovered the slowest-spinning radio pulsar yet known. The neutron star spins around only once every 23.5 seconds and is a challenge for theory to explain. The researchers, including astronomers at the University of Manchester, ASTRON and the University of Amsterdam, carried out their observations with the LOFAR telescope, whose core is located in the Netherlands. Their findings will soon appear in the Astrophysical Journal. Lees verder

DUPLLO opens low-frequency window on the Universe

A €3,450,000 NWO Investment Grant Large has been awarded to ASTRON by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in order to build and deploy DUPLLO: the Digital Upgrade for Premier LOFAR Low-band Observing. DUPPLO will greatly enhance the sensitivity and discovery potential of the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) at the lowest radio frequencies visible from Earth. In doing so, it will enable deep observations through an unexplored window on the Universe.Lees verder

Westerbork Radio Telescope’s major upgrade

With an innovative new type of receiver, called Apertif, the field of view of the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope in the Netherlands has been increased 37 times. Apertif, developed by the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON), will be officially opened on 13 September 2018 by deputy Cees Bijl of the Drenthe province. On this day the 50-year anniversary of the telescope will also be celebrated with the launch of the book 50 years Westerbork Radio Observatory, A Continuing Journey to Discoveries and Innovations. Lees verder

ASTRON JIVE Open Dag 2018

Kom op zaterdag 6 oktober tijdens het Weekend van de Wetenschap naar de open dag van ASTRON en JIVE en leer alles over de grootste (radio)telescopen ter wereld!

Hoe ontvangen we signalen uit het heelal? Hoe zien de nieuwste telescopen eruit? En wat heb je nodig om die te bouwen? Bij ASTRON ontdek je het.

Doe proefjes en experimenten die te maken hebben met het heelal. Ga op reis door de ruimte in het mobiele planetarium. Leer programmeren en maak je eigen ontplofte ster! Lees verder

Space Studies Program visits ASTRON

Early August, the renowned Space Studies Programme (SSP) from the International Space University visits ASTRON in Dwingeloo. Lees verder

2 Veni grants for ASTRON astronomers

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded Veni funding of up to 250,000 euros to two astronomers affiliated with ASTRON. Dr. Emily Petroff and Dr. Caterina Tiburzi can continue to develop their own research ideas for three years. A total of 154 promising young scientists received this scholarship. Lees verder

New images from a super-telescope

Astronomers using a global network of radio telescopes have produced one of the sharpest astronomical images ever. The resulting image demonstrates that dark matter is distributed unevenly across a distant galaxy. Lees verder

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