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.

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.

Diversity

ASTRON is committed to achieving a fair and welcoming work environment for all.

Organisation

ASTRON is composed of four departments.

History of ASTRON

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

Annual reports

ASTRON annual reports.

Latest tweets

How does a radio wave become a picture? Part III: Accelerators. LOFAR produces terabytes of data per second, how to process this? Supercomputers equipped with accelerators accelerate the calculations performed on the data. Read part 3 here: https://bit.ly/39goUq4

Congratulations to our former colleague and LOFAR scientist Heino Falcke with his prize! 🥳

How does a radio wave become a picture? Part II: Compact receivers. A radio wave that has travelled light years is picked up by a receiver on a telescope through an antenna. The (very weak) signal is then amplified and digitized. Read part 2 here: http://bit.ly/3aznntV

How does a radio wave become a picture? Planets, stars and nebula’s all emit radio waves, which are a form of invisible light waves. Read here the first part on what happens to those radio waves when they are received by a radio telescope! 📡🌠http://bit.ly/2YFDuQM

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