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.

Research and Innovation


Radio astronomy delivers important breakthrough technology for our society.

News & Events


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ASTRON is the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, and is part of the Institutes organisation of NWO.
STORIES
People of ASTRON: Pieter Benthem

In People of ASTRON we share stories about the people at ASTRON. Project manager Pienter Benthem has been working at ASTRON since 2008.

ASTRON reveals life cycle of supermassive black hole

For the first time LOFAR and WSRT-Apertif have been used together to measure the life cycle of supermassive black holes emitting radio waves.

Humans of ASTRON: Carin Lubbers-Leering

In Humans of ASTRON we share stories about the people at ASTRON. Carin Lubbers-Leering is HR assistant at ASTRON and has been working with us since 2000.

Humans of ASTRON: Lesley Goudbeek

In Humans of ASTRON we share stories about the people at ASTRON. Lesley Goudbeek has been design engineer at ASTRON since 2013.

Humans of ASTRON: Harish Vedantham
Cosmic flashes come in all different sizes
Data release from the first year of the Apertif imaging surveys
First direct detection of a brown dwarf with a radio telescope
Humans of ASTRON: David Prinsloo
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DAILY IMAGE
Goodbye Aspirant Senior Paul

© Henk Mulder, Richard Blaauw, Jurjen Sluman

Time flies.. when Geert Kuper got his pension it took two people on different ends of the spectrum to replace him. One of the two was Paul, he joined us in 2016, and has been a part of the operator group for more than four years now.

We really loved working with him, you can talk to him for hours. Even your whole shift, and he will never tire.. or respond, some days. He also keeps going until he finds the problem, and automates the living daylights out of it when he does, so the issue will not be seen again. He is a person who will really take his time to teach and explain something in detail, once, so pay attention.

There is also not a procedure he has not followed to the letter. If he had the shift after you, Sundays you would do a little extra work to comb through your elog entries to avoid seeing GOAT MESS coming by on Slack Monday mornings.

Paul, we hope you have enjoyed working here as much as we have working with you. Maybe in a few years we will see you on the news as the next Bitcoin millionaire. We are sad to see you go, but we hope you find a place where you can feel as stable as you did in the control-room with us. As you have said to us so many times as we walked out the control-room door: Bedankt voor je inzet!

EVENTS

Applied RF technology course

Mon 17 May 2021 - Thu 20 May 2021

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

CAREERS

Latest tweets

The first combined measurement with #LOFAR and #WSRT #Apertif has revealed the life cycle of a supermassive black hole. ⚫
https://bit.ly/2K5xuhu

The first combined measurement with @LOFAR and #WSRT #Apertif has revealed the life cycle of a supermassive black hole. ⚫
https://bit.ly/2K5xuhu

Daily image of the week: Installing smart e-meter with @Enexis to test if the GSM signals don't interfere with the telescope. First measurements look promising.
https://bit.ly/38x1AE4

Daily image of the week: Installing smart e-meter with @Enexis to test if the GSM signals don't interfere with the telescope. First measurements look promising.
https://bit.ly/38x1AE4

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