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.

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ASTRON is the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, and is part of the Institutes organisation of NWO.
STORIES
Humans of ASTRON: Zheng Meyer-Zhao

In Humans of ASTRON we share stories about the people at ASTRON. Who are the people behind the discoveries and innovations and also, who are the people that make sure that everything runs smoothly? This time, Zheng Meyer-Zhao, Science Data Centre Development Lead, shares her story. She joined ASTRON in 2018.

Apertif images yield first scientific results

The Apertif upgrade of the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) has yielded its first scientific paper based on its images. The paper has been published in the scientific journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

Simultaneous optical and radio observations of Perseids

From today (August 11th) up until Friday the yearly Perseids meteor shower will have its peak. This phenomenon is not only interesting for amateur astronomers, professional astronomers will be observing them as well.

Humans of ASTRON: Jorrit Siebenga

In Humans of ASTRON we share stories about the people at ASTRON. Who are the people behind the discoveries and innovations and also, who are the people that make sure that everything runs smoothly? In this second part of the series, we’ll be sharing the story of Jorrit Siebenga, who joined ASTRON in 2017 as research instrument maker.

Women Astronomers Day
Humans of ASTRON: Emanuela Orrù
What we look forward to in LOFAR 2.0: Live warning system to study solar eruptions
What we look forward to in LOFAR 2.0: Habitability of alien worlds
What we look forward to in LOFAR 2.0: Cranking up LOFAR’s robustness
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DAILY IMAGE
Software lifecycle in particle physics and astronomy

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During the summer, the Workshop on Open-Source Software Lifecycles (WOSSL) was held, as part of the ESCAPE project. In this workshop, several experiments in the fields of astronomy and particle physics discussed how they handle the software lifecycle, with topics like how to handle version control, make software citeable or what licenses to use, and with a few pitches from actual software.

All in all, the meeting gave a great overview of the state of our communities. Both our institutes actively participated to the discussions and presented in the workshop.

Due to the well-known current circumstances we are in, the workshop was held fully digitally. The advantage of this is that all talks have been recorded and those recordings could be very interesting for our community, ranging from casually programming astronomers to full-time software developers.

The image shows the workshop logo and rationale, and the titles of presentations that were given by the radio astronomy community.

The programme and slides can be found here.

The full presentations are here.

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

Throwback Thursday (14-09-1995): The 25th anniversary of the Westerbork Synthese Radio Telescoop (WSRT).
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Throwback Thursday (10-09-1991): The real start of SKA.
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Throwback Thursday (10-09-1991): The real start of SKA.
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Throwback Thursday (27-08-2007): The JWST with ASTRON’s Spectrometer Main Optics, undergoing testing.
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