|Roy van der Werp
| Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima visited Curtin University on 1 November as part of a State visit to Australia. They heard about the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project and the role of ASTRON, Curtin and other international partners, especially in the design of SKA-LOW. This was presented in the context of the close historical links between the Netherlands and Australia, which date back to the earliest radio observations of our Galaxy just after the Second World War.
The King and Queen viewed an SKA mini-station, a prototype of the antennas and electronics to be installed shortly in the Murchison region of Western Australia. They also met with Dutch and local researchers who work on the SKA at the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR).
The visit by the King and Queen to Western Australia coincides with the 400th anniversary of the landing of Dutch skipper Dirk Hartog on what is now known as Dirk Hartog Island.
On the photo we see our own Michiel van Haarlem and Peter Hall (Curtin University) with the King and Queen in front of the SKA prototype station.