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ASTRON/JIVE Open Day: A Big Succes

Submitter: Harm Jan Stiepel
Description: The yearly ASTRON/JIVE Open Day was (again) a great success! It was very busy and all the activities received a lot of attention. There were many positive reactions from visitors to be heard, during the day and by e-mail. An example (translation of a Dutch e-mail):

"It was very impressive; not just to experience what Astron means in the world of astronomy, but especially the enthousiasm and commitment with which so many staff members spent their free Sunday to share their daily activities with other people. Terrific! Scientific information at its best. Big compliments for this. The organization was also very well taken care of."

There were activities at three locations: in a big tent in the parking lot, in the building and at the venerable 25m Dwingeloo Telescope. The images show (clockwise from top left) the Open Day Oragnisation Plan, the "vacuum-zoenen" experiment where "negerzoenen" were made to expand by vacuum, the anechoic room as an example of high-tech, and the highly popular hands-on electronics workshop.

A rough but conservative estimate puts the number of visitors at 2000. There were many children around the age of 10 (and their younger siblings), suggesting that parents with children of that age are the most likely visitors. Being scientists at heart, we should perhaps build on this fact for next year's Open Day.
Copyright: Harm-Jan Stiepel
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