About

ASTRON is the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, ASTRON is part of the institutes organisation of NWO. Our mission is to make discoveries in radio astronomy happen. We do this by developing new and innovative technologies, operating world-class radio astronomy facilities, and pursuing fundamental astronomical research.

Mission & Vision

We are geared to capitalise our expertise in radio astronomy technology and astronomical research to the benefit of society.

Virtual tour

Enjoy a virtual tour of several of our departments at ASTRON, in which we will show you around our institute.

EU-funded Research

ASTRON has a long track record in attracting and executing EU-funded projects to develop new capabilities to support the astronomical community.

Technology Transfer

ASTRON has a long-standing record and an ongoing broad program for collaboration with commercial partners.

Organisation

ASTRON is composed of four departments.

People of ASTRON

Who are the people behind the discoveries and innovations and also, who are the people that make sure that everything runs smoothly?

History of ASTRON

A graphical representation of ASTRON's rich and exciting history.

Annual reports

ASTRON annual reports.

Latest tweets

Today, construction on the #SKA radio telescope officially started. Together with @CGI_Global, S[&]T, and @TriOpSys we are already developing important software components for processing the vast amounts of data the SKA telescope will produce.
https://www.astron.nl/astron-led-consortium-working-on-skao/

Today was the official start of the construction of the @SKAO's #SKA radio telescope in Australia and South Africa. Together with #TOPIC, we are already working on the development of the central signal processor for the SKA Low frequency telescope.
https://www.astron.nl/topic-led-consortium-develops-csp-low-for-ska/

Gigantic radio sources up to ten million light years in size discovered in the universe using the LOFAR radio telescope. Read more about this exciting result on the website of @HambObs https://www.qu.uni-hamburg.de/activities/news/29-09-22-megahalos-nature.html

Daily image of the week

On June 13-17, the LOFAR Family Meeting took place in Cologne. After two years LOFAR researchers could finally meet in person again. The meeting brings together LOFAR users and researchers to share new scientific results.
https://www.astron.nl/dailyimage/main.php?date=20220621

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