ASTRON/JIVE Summer Student Programme 2018

The Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) and the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE) announce the availability of a limited number of grants for their 2018 Summer Research Programme. Registration opens 1 December 2017. Lees verder

Most powerful Dutch GPU supercomputer

Every day, thousands of enormous explosions go off in the sky: so-called Fast Radio Bursts. To better understand the flashes and the gigantic energies behind them, ASTRON - the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, an NWO institute - recently installed new high-speed cameras on the radio telescope in Westerbork, the Netherlands. These cameras have just received new brains: the most powerful GPU supercomputer in the Netherlands.Lees verder

Astronomers peer into the lair of a mysterious cosmic radio burster

An international team of astronomers has used two of the world's largest radio telescopes to show that a mysterious source of radio bursts is in an astonishingly extreme and unusual environment. This discovery suggests that the strange source is in the close vicinity of a massive black hole, or within a nebula of unprecedented power. The team presented their findings at the American Astronomical Society's winter meeting (#AAS231) in Washington, DC.Lees verder

Visit Australian ambassador Dr Brett Mason

The Australian ambassador, His Excellency Dr Brett Mason, visited ASTRON on Tuesday 19 December 2017. ASTRON’s Director General, Prof. Carole Jackson, and her colleagues were pleased to update the ambassador on progress with the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the international project to build the world’s largest radio telescope to be located in Western Australia and the Karoo region in South Africa. ASTRON leads the international team developing the antennas and receiver system for the low frequency part of the SKA (SKA-Low) and works in partnership with CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science in Sydney to develop the complex digital correlation systems for this revolutionary telescope.Lees verder

Habitable planets around pulsars theoretically possible

It is theoretically possible that habitable planets exist around pulsars. Such planets must have an enormous atmosphere that convert the deadly X-rays and high energy particles of the pulsar into heat. That is stated in a scientific paper by astronomers Alessandro Patruno and Mihkel Kama, working in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The paper appears today in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. Lees verder

Designing The SKA Telescopes – From Lab To Outback: The Story Of AAVS1 So Far

It is an understatement to say that designing and building a world-class scientific instrument comes with its challenges. The Aperture Array Verification System (AAVS1) is one of the major milestones in the journey towards delivering the final design for SKA1-low, the Australian arm of the first phase of the SKA telescope, that will eventually consist of 130,000 antennas observing low frequency signals emanating from the cosmos.Lees verder

Agreement signed for LOFAR station in Latvia

The world’s biggest connected radio telescope will expand into Latvia. On 5 December, Ventspils University College (VUC) and AstroTec Holding BV, subsidiary of ASTRON, signed an agreement to develop a Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) station for the Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Centre (VIRAC). Lees verder

Laura Driessen wins De Zeeuw-Van Dishoeck Graduation Prize for Astronomy for her research with LOFAR

On 27 November, Laura Driessen received the annual Graduation Prize for Astronomy at the Royal Holland Society of Sciences (KHMW) in Haarlem. The De Zeeuw-Van Dishoeck Fund finances this prize of 3,000 Euros to encourage young talent in astronomy. Laura discovered a new supernova remnant. Such nebulae are left behind after large stars have exploded. She did research at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy at the University of Amsterdam. She used the LOFAR radio telescope from ASTRON for her research. Lees verder

Onderzoek Nederland: Nederland moet tekenen voor SKA

Deelname aan de bouw en beheer van ‘s werelds grootste radiotelescoop van 674 miljoen euro, de Square Kilometre Array, zal Nederland geen windeieren leggen en koploper maken op gebied van data science. Tenminste, als de nieuwe regering kiest voor de optie van minimaal vijf procent deelname en hiervoor 34 miljoen opzij zet. Zeventig procent van de investering vloeit sowieso direct terug in de vorm van contracten. Een optie van tien procent zou nog beter zijn, want die genereert 300 miljoen euro aan economische waarde. Lees verder

Nieuwe brochure: Nederlandse bijdrage aan SKA

De Square Kilometre Array (SKA) wordt de grootste en meest gevoelige radiotelescoop ter wereld. ASTRON, dat begin jaren ‘90 mede aan de basis stond van de eerste plannen van de gigantische telescoop, leidt de Nederlandse deelname aan het internationale SKA-project. In een nieuwe brochure van ASTRON komen verschillende aspecten van de Nederlandse deelname aan bod.Lees verder
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