Future 'Engineer PowerWomen' visit Dwingeloo

How does a radio telescope work? Why do you need software for this? And how can you use this knowledge in everyday life? During the national Girlsday on Thursday 24 April, girls from ages 14-15 will get answers to these questions at the astronomical institutes of ASTRON, JIVE and NOVA in Dwingeloo. Read more

Gabby Aitink-Kroes awarded Engineer PowerWoman 2014

The Engineer PowerWoman 2014 has been awarded to Gabby Aitink‑Kroes, engineer at the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA) and ASTRON Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy. Aitink‑Kroes has contributed significantly to the development of sophisticated optical instruments for astronomical research. The award ceremony took place at the WoMenPower conference in Hannover, Germany on friday 11 April 2014. Read more

New LOFAR station for Univ. Hamburg and Bielefeld University

On Wednesday 9 April at the Hannover Messe (the world's largest industrial fair), ASTRON, the University of Hamburg and Bielefeld University will sign a contract for construction of a new German station close to Hamburg for the International LOFAR Telescope (ILT). Read more

Renovated Dwingeloo Telescope reveals 100 exoplanets

Nobel Prize winner, radio astronomer and radio amateur prof. Joseph Hooton Taylor (for radio amateurs also known as K1JT) is honorary guest at the reopening ceremony of the restored Dwingeloo Radio Telescope on Saturday 5 April. Read more

Discovery of Super‑Powered Black Hole in Nearby Galaxy M83

In an article featured on the cover of the journal Science this week, a team of astronomers led by Dr. Roberto Soria at Curtin University, and including ASTRON research fellow Dr. Leith Godfrey, presented the exciting discovery of a microquasar that has been blasting out extremely powerful jets, well above the so called "Eddington limit", for over 10,000 years.
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Opgeknapte Dwingeloo Telescoop 8 maart open voor publiek

De restauratie van de Dwingeloo Radiotelescoop is afgerond en daarom is de telescoop door de Stichting Open Monumentendag uitgeroepen tot Monument van de maand maart. Read more

Bullying black holes force galaxies to stay red and dead

Herschel has discovered massive elliptical galaxies in the nearby Universe containing plenty of cold gas, even though the galaxies fail to produce new stars. Comparison with other data suggests that, while hot gas cools down in these galaxies, stars do not form because jets from the central supermassive black hole heat or stir up the gas and prevent it from turning into stars. Read more

Vier bedrijven en kennisinstituten haken aan bij de ultieme big bang, big data uitdaging

Op 15 januari 2014 zullen vier bedrijven en kennisinstituten officieel toetreden tot het Users Platform van DOME, het samenwerkingsverband van IBM en ASTRON. Doel is om nieuwe technologie te ontwikkelen die nodig is om de overvloed aan data te kunnen verwerken die straks gegenereerd wordt door de Square Kilometre Array (SKA), de grootste en meest gevoelige radiotelescoop ter wereld. Read more

Gravity-lab discovered: a pulsar in a unique triple star system

An international team of astronomers using the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) has discovered a pulsar that is orbited by two white dwarf stars. Pulsars are rapidly rotating neutron stars that can be used like precision astronomical clocks.  This is the first time that astronomers have found a triple star system that contains a pulsar, and the discovery team has used the pulsar's clock-like properties to turn the system into an unparalleled precision laboratory for studying the effects of gravitational interactions. Read more

ERC Synergy Grant to image event horizon of black hole

Was Einstein right? The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded 14 Million Euros to a team of European astrophysicists to construct the first accurate image of a black hole. The team will test the predictions of current theories of gravity, including Einstein's theory of General Relativity. The funding is provided in the form of a ‘Synergy Grant', the largest and most competitive type of grant of the ERC. Read more
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