Telescopes

ASTRON is responsible for the operations of the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) and the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR).

Astronomy

The astronomical research at ASTRON is closely aligned with the strengths of our facilities LOFAR and WSRT-APERTIF.

Beschermingszones


Met onze radiotelescopen nemen wij de meest zwakke signalen uit het heelal waar. Daardoor zijn zij kwetsbaar voor elektromagnetische storing. Met het tijdig treffen van de juiste maatregelen kan storing worden voorkomen.

Wireless Data Lab


Draadloze techniek lijkt vanzelfsprekend, maar de ontwikkeling ervan gaat niet vanzelf. Daarom hebben we bij ASTRON een proeftuin ingericht; het Wireless Data Lab.

Making discoveries
in radio astronomy
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ASTRON is the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, and is part of the Institutes organisation of NWO.
STORIES
Two ERC Starting Grants awarded to (space) weather research projects with the LOFAR radio telescope

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded two of its prestigious Starting Grants to ASTRON scientists for research projects using the LOFAR radio telescope. One project will use LOFAR to create detailed images of lightning on Earth, the other aims to detect space weather events and magnetic fields around exoplanets.

Jessica Dempsey appointed director of ASTRON

The board of the Dutch Research Council’s institute organisation has appointed Prof. Dr. Jessica Dempsey as director of ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy.

Volcanic ‘activity’ in black holes blows monumental bubbles spanning hundreds of thousands of light years

An international team of researchers, which included astronomers from the Netherlands Institutes for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) and Space Research (SRON) as well as Leiden University, observed the full extent of the evolution of hot gas produced by an active black hole for the first time.

Inheemse blik op de hemel in Leiden tentoongesteld

Op zaterdag 16 oktober opent de bijzondere tentoonstelling Onder onze hemel (origineel Shared Sky), een culturele blik op de sterrenhemel door Aboriginal Australische en Zuid-Afrikaanse artiesten, in de Oude Sterrewacht in Leiden.

Aurorae discovered on distant stars suggest hidden planets
Periodic Fast Radio Burst found bare, unobscured by strong binary wind
Most detailed-ever images of galaxies revealed using LOFAR
Vidi grant awarded to astronomer Harish Vedantham
What does the start of construction of SKA mean for the project and the Netherlands?
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DAILY IMAGE
Two ERC Starting Grants awarded to (space) weather research projects with the LOFAR radio telescope

© Harish Vedantham, Brian Hare, Olaf Scholten and ASTRON

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded two of its prestigious Starting Grants to ASTRON scientists for research projects using the LOFAR radio telescope. One project will use LOFAR to create detailed images of lightning on Earth, the other aims to detect space weather events and magnetic fields around exoplanets.

ASTRON staff astronomer and University of Groningen assistant professor Dr. Harish Vedantham has been awarded an ERC Starting Grant to detect space weather events and magnetic fields around exoplanets for the first time. With this STORMCHASER grant, Harish and his team will be able to detect telltale signatures of plasma ejections on stars other than the Sun. It will be an important factor in figuring out which stars are likely to have habitable planets.

Dr. Brian Hare (Kapteyn Astronomical Institute at the University of Groningen and ASTRON) will lead the project LIFT (Lightning corona Imaging From a radio Telescope), which will make use of the LOFAR radio telescope to create unprecedented images of lightning that are precise and detailed enough to allow for direct comparison with state-of-the-art lightning models.

LOFAR is currently being upgraded to LOFAR 2.0, giving it even better timing accuracy and a wider frequency band for this research.

EVENTS

Applied RF technology course

Mon 14 Mar 2022 - Thu 17 Mar 2022

The RF course is an excellent introduction for Digital / Analog engineers who are or will be involved in the development of RF systems.

CAREERS

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Daily Image of the Week: Two ERC Starting Grants awarded to (space) weather research projects with the LOFAR radio telescope https://bit.ly/3zXd1kD

Deadline for applications for our summer research proramme is 31 January 2022!

For all information see https://www.astron.nl/education/summer-research-programme/ or the AAS website: https://jobregister.aas.org/ad/87949f20

🎉We are proud! Two ERC Starting Grands awarded to ASTRON employees Brian Hare & Harish Vedantham!

One project will use @LOFAR to create detailed images of lightning, the other aims to detect space weather events & magnetic fields around exoplanets: https://bit.ly/3fd9FjC

Ons #WDL biedt het mkb uit Noord-NL de optie onze kennis en middelen in te zetten voor uitdagingen op het gebied van radiogolven, zonder zelf de apparatuur en faciliteiten aan te schaffen.
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