The NOVA-OIR group is hosted by ASTRON in Dwingeloo and is specialised in the development of infrared opto-mechanical cryogenic systems.

The NOVA Optical Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation Group develops systems and subsystems for the most advanced optical and infrared telescopes in the world and in space. This includes all development stages: from generation of novel ideas and technologies, to the use of the latest standards in design and manufacturing, and ensuring top quality by rigorous integration and testing.

NOVA is a major supplier of scientific instruments for the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VTL), with instruments like: MATISSE, SPHERE, X-shooter, VISIR, SINFONI, MIDI. Instruments for the Isaac Newton Group (ING) at La Palma include: Wyffos, WEAVE and HARPS3. Telescope developments include: Meerlicht and the BlackGEM telescope array at ESO La Silla. We also develop space instrumentation, of which the most notably is the Mid InfraRed Instrument MIRI for the James Webb Space Telescope (NASA ESA JWST).

Our focus for the coming period is to develop instruments for the Extremely Large Telescope (ESO ELT). This includes the thermal infrared instrument METIS, a global collaboration where NOVA is the Primary Investigator institute. Other developments are: MICADO, MOSAIC and EPICS. With these instruments at the ELT, NOVA tries to solve the riddles of the universe: investigate the formation of stars and galaxies, determine properties of dark matter and dark energy, and characterize atmospheres of exoplanets.

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Many of ASTRON's scientific discoveries were made with the Dwingeloo radio telescope. To tell you a bit more about this, we have published the second video in our virtual tour.

Daily image of the week. To enrich the exhibition of Nebra sky disc at the @DrentsMuseum, ASTRON hosted a stand outside, demonstrating how we explore the universe nowadays, compared to how people did this 3,500 years ago (when the Nebra disc was made).

This week is #Pride Week. A more #diverse workforce fuels creativity, compassion, understanding, and the feeling of kinship and inclusion. At ASTRON we highly value diversity and make constant efforts to increase the diversity of our workforce.

Op 7 en 14 augustus staan we voor het @DrentsMuseum, dat de #Nebraschijf, een van de oudste sterrenkaarten ter wereld tentoonstelt. ASTRON-onderzoeker @AndreOffringa geeft binnen een lezing en wij doen voor het museum wat leuke proefjes. Hopelijk tot dan!