ASTRON Hackathon addresses big data challenges

The new era of radio astronomy we are entering involves solving the most pressing data challenges in IT. With massive radio telescopes such as the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) coming online, we need new ways to store, transport, explore, and access massive amounts of data. During a two-day Hackathon (23-24 April 2018) at ASTRON, 35 data-experts from academia and industry gathered to address some of these challenges. Lees verder

Emily Petroff nominated for New Scientist Science Talent 2018

Emily Petroff, astronomer of the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy ASTRON, is one of the contenders for the title New Scientist Science Talent 2018. From 24 April to 6 May the public will be able to vote and determine who will receive the award for the most talented young researcher from the Netherlands and Flanders at the New Scientist Live event on 31 May. Lees verder

Dutch antenna on Chinese satellite to the Moon

In May, a Dutch radio antenna on a Chinese satellite will be launched to other side of the Moon. It is a radio antenna that has been specially made to detect the weak radio signals from the very early Universe. The Netherlands Chinese Low-Frequency Explorer (NCLE) was built by a team of scientists and engineers from ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy in Dwingeloo, the Radboud Radio Lab of Radboud University in Nijmegen, and the Delft-based company ISIS. It successfully passed the last assessment by the Chinese space agency last week.Lees verder

LOFAR crosses the Alps; Italy joins

Today, 16 April 2018, Italy officially became a member of the International LOFAR Telescope (ILT). A contract has been signed by the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) and the Italian National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) for a Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) antenna station. It will be installed at the Medicina Radio Observatory site, 30 kilometres from Bologna, Italy.Lees verder

Girlsday 2018

On 12 April 2018, 32 high school girls visited ASTRON for the annual Girlsday. From soldering and coding to building galaxies with 3D pens and searching for pulsars with the Dwingeloo Telescope: the programme, in collaboration with JIVE, NOVA and CAMRAS, offered many fun hands-on activities.

This year the girls came from the dr. Nassau College in Assen, De Nieuwe Veste in Coevoerden, Wolfsbos in Hoogeveen and CSG Dingstede in Meppel. Lees verder

ASTRON once again assessed as world leading

ASTRON has been evaluated as excellent in all categories of NWO's 2017 evaluation process. An international evaluation panel chaired by Steven Kahn, Professor of Natural Science at Stanford University evaluated ASTRON's past six years performance and its forward strategy for 2017-2023. The evaluation awarded ASTRON the highest rating of excellent. Lees verder

The Square Kilometre Array for development

"The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is an excellent tool to drive development in South Africa", stated Naledi Pandor, the South African Minister of Science and Technology and currently the Minister of Higher Education. "Big science projects like these are an ideal platform to train young people with skills that are crucial for the development of the future." Lees verder

Astronomer Joeri van Leeuwen receives Vici grant

Astronomer Joeri van Leeuwen of the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) receives a Vici grant of 1.5 million euros to hunt for the source of gravitational waves. In the next five years he will study the afterglow of fused neutron stars with the radio telescopes in Westerbork, the Netherlands, with a team of six researchers. Lees verder

LOFAR brengt groei bliksemflitsen in beeld

De Nederlandse radiotelescoop LOFAR, die vanuit Noord-Nederland uitwaaiert over een deel van Europa, kan het ontstaan en de ontwikkeling van bliksemflitsen volgen. Een internationaal team van wetenschappers, met onder andere Sander ter Veen van ASTRON, onder leiding van RUG-natuurkundigen Brian Hare en Olaf Scholten, laat zien dat LOFAR de flitsen nauwkeurig kan zien en details tot iets meer dan een meter vastlegt. Deze nauwkeurigheid is niet eerder bereikt. De hoop is dat betere waarnemingen ook een betere bliksembeveiliging mogelijk maken. De resultaten zijn 16 februari gepubliceerd in Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. Lees verder

SKA Netherlands Roadmap meeting

On 30 January 2018, 40 astronomers and engineers participated in the second Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Netherlands Roadmap face-to-face meeting, held at ASTRON in Dwingeloo. Lees verder
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