LOFAR radio telescope discovers record-breaking pulsar

Astronomers have discovered two rapidly rotating radio pulsars with the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR) radio telescope in the Netherlands by investigating unknown gamma-ray sources uncovered by NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. The first pulsar (PSR J1552+5437) rotates 412 times per second. The second pulsar (PSR J0952-0607) rotates 707 times per second, making it the fastest-spinning pulsar in the disk of our Galaxy and the second-fastest known spinning-pulsar overall.Lees verder

Archaeology of active galaxies across the electromagnetic spectrum

The timescales over which galaxies form and evolve are outside the reach of human life. Thus, astronomers need to use indirect methods to derive the history of galaxies.Lees verder

LOFAR Ireland officially launched

On 27 July 2017, the newly built Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) station in Ireland will be officially opened. This extends the largest radio telescope in the world, connecting to its central core of antennas in the north of the Netherlands, now forming a network of two thousand kilometres across. Astronomers can now study the history of the universe in even more detail. The station will be opened by the Irish Minister for Training, Skills, Innovation, Research and Development, John Halligan. Lees verder

SKA signs Big Data cooperation agreement with CERN

SKA Organisation and CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, today signed an agreement formalising their growing collaboration in the area of extreme-scale computing. Lees verder

The Broad Impact of Low Frequency Observing - Conference

What are the major achievements and results of low frequency radio telescopes far? And what will be their science impact? These questions and more will be discussed during The Broad Impact of Low Frequency Observing conference, which takes place from 19 – 23 June in Bologna, Italy. The conference is hosted by the National Institute for Astrophysics (INAF) in Bologna and organised in collaboration with ASTRON, supported by the International LOFAR Telescope Lees verder

SKA Engineering Meeting 2017

Over 300 engineers and scientists from 17 countries participate in the 2017 SKA Engineering Meeting, which takes place from 12 – 16 June in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. This year’s meeting is organised by the SKA organisation in collaboration with ASTRON. Lees verder

Dome Symposium

From novel algorithms that are an order of magnitude more efficient than state of the art to extremely dense and power-efficient water cooled microservers: Dome shows paths towards exa-scale in radio astronomy. Lees verder

Professor Carole Jackson new Director of ASTRON

The Board of NWO has appointed Professor Carole Jackson as General and Scientific Director of ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy.Lees verder

First image with Apertif: a new life for the Westerbork radio telescope.

An important milestone for the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope: the first images have been made using a revolutionary new type of receiver, called Apertif. Because of these new receivers, much larger areas of sky can be mapped in a single observation. The ‘old’ Westerbork telescope could only map an area of sky comparable in size to that of the full moon in a single observation. The new Westerbork / Apertif system can image a region of sky 40 times larger, which is a great step forward. The new Apertif receivers, developed by ASTRON in Dwingeloo, were installed on the Westerbork telescope over the last year and will be fully operational in the course of 2017. Lees verder

Dr. Elizabeth Adams receives Women In Science Excel (WISE) position

Today, dr. Elizabeth Adams has been awarded a position in the NWO programme Women In Science Excel (WISE). This was the first round of the programme. The tenure track programme provides talented female scientists an opportunity to develop or expand their own research group at a NWO institute, in this case ASTRONLees verder
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