Westerbork and the future of GigaHertz astronomy

The Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) has been a powerhouse of science since it began operations in 1968, making more than 50 years of discoveries in radio astronomy happen. Looking forward, we will strengthen our activities in Westerbork on VLBI, GNSS, data releases of the Apertif surveys, and developing next-generation technology for our instruments.

Cosmic flashes discovered in a surprising location in space

Astronomers have observed mysterious flashes in the sky from an unexpected source, a globular cluster in the galaxy M81.

Periodic Fast Radio Burst found bare, unobscured by strong binary wind

By connecting two of the biggest radio telescopes in the world, astronomers have discovered that a simple binary wind cannot cause the puzzling periodicity of a Fast Radio Burst after all.

Apertif survey wraps up at end of 2021

The Apertif/ARTS surveys will wrap-up at the end of 2021. The WSRT observatory will of course continue to be operated, amongst other activities, as part of the European VLBI network.

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.

Cosmic flashes come in all different sizes

On May 24, four European telescopes took part in the global effort to understand mysterious cosmic flashes. The telescopes captured flashes of radio waves from an extreme, magnetised star in our galaxy.

Data release from the first year of the Apertif imaging surveys

The Apertif imaging team has released science data from the first year of science operations of WSRT-Apertif as the Apertif Data Release 1 (DR1). Now the entire astronomical community can access the data collected by Apertif in its first year of observing, which started on 1 July 2019.

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.

Announcement: WSRT-Apertif Surveys to continue throughout 2021

The large-scale Apertif surveys with the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) that started on 1 July 2019 will continue to be supported during 2021.

Westerbork telescoop legt eerste kosmische radioflitsen vast

In Westerbork is in 2019 de upgrade van één van de snelste en meeste gevoelige radiotelescopen ter wereld voltooid.

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Although beautiful, nature can cause problems around our LBA and HBO antennas. The dandelions can damage the COAX cables, making our maintenance work difficult at times. But we keep our antennas clear with the greatest respect for nature, or course.

Credit: Denis Schrama

Although beautiful, nature can cause problems around our LBA and HBO antennas. The dandelions can damage the COAX cables, making our maintenance work difficult at times. But we keep our antennas clear with the greatest respect for nature, or course.

Credit: Denis Schrama

This week @ASTRON_NL hosted the first consortium-wide Ice-Breaker event for the @EU_H2020 EXPOWER project (@ExpowerEu). Bringing together 8 universities, 3 research institutes, 7 companies from 9 countries. https://www.astron.nl/daily-image/

Another great achievement by @ehtelescope! Our new director @astroTui was involved as well, as a member of the #EHT team.

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