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Pulsar clocks open new window on gravitational waves

An international collaboration of European astronomers, together with Indian and Japanese colleagues, have seen evidence for ultra-low-frequency gravitational waves, which is expected to originate from pairs of supermassive black holes found in the centres of merging galaxies. This is the result of more than 25 years of observations with the most sensitive radio telescopes in Europe and India, including the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT). In doing so, they have opened a new window on gravitational wave research. These gravitational waves contain information about the Universe’s best-kept secrets. The research has been published in a series of articles in the professional journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

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WSRT-APERTIF
Published by the editorial team, 29 June 2023

Astronomers discover Fast Radio Bursts that skewer nearby Galaxy

Astronomers have found five new Fast Radio Bursts with the upgraded Westerbork radio telescope array. The telescope images revealed that multiple bursts had pierced our neighbouring Triangulum Galaxy. This allowed the astronomers to determine the maximum number of otherwise invisible atoms in this galaxy for the first time.

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WSRT-APERTIF
Published by the editorial team, 12 April 2023

ERC Advanced Grant for research into the origin of fast radio bursts from space

Jason Hessels, Professor of Observational High-Energy Astrophysics at the University of Amsterdam and Chief Astronomer at ASTRON, has been awarded a €3.5 million ERC Advanced Grant to search for the origin of fast radio bursts. Among other things, the research money will be used to develop new hardware to set up a coordinated network of European radio telescopes to study repeating FRBs in more detail.

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telescopes
Published by the editorial team, 30 March 2023

Animation explaining the workings of LOFAR

We have created an animation, which briefly explains the workings of our LOFAR radio telescope.

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telescopes
Published by the editorial team, 23 March 2023

NAC 2023 to be held in Leeuwarden in May

The 78th edition of the Nederlandse Astronomen Conferentie (NAC) will be held this year in the Westcord WTC hotel in Leeuwarden from 15 to 17 May.

Astronomy
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Published by the editorial team, 6 March 2023

ASTRON astronomy groups focus on LOFAR and SKA

Recently, the astronomy group within the A&O department of ASTRON went through a reformation: instead of several focus groups, it now consists of two groups: the LOFAR Science Group and the SKA Science Group. The LOFAR Science Group is led by André Offringa, the SKA Science Group by Joe Callingham.

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SKA
Published by the editorial team, 21 February 2023

Major upgrade of International LOFAR Telescope approved

The ILT Board has approved the order for the LOFAR2.0 upgrade of all 52 stations plus 2 additional stations of the International LOFAR Telescope (ILT), plus spare parts. A total of € 10 million investment goes to orders at the Dutch companies Neways, Major Electronics, Variass, and Batenburg Industriële Elektronica.

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telescopes
Published by the editorial team, 7 February 2023

Michiel Brentjens wins Teacher of the Year 2022 award

Michiel Brentjens has won the award for Teacher of the Year 2022 at Leiden University.

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Published by the editorial team, 12 January 2023

Jessica Dempsey nominated for Drenthe Woman in the Media Award

ASTRON-director Jessica Dempsey has been nominated for the Woman in the Media Award for Drenthe.

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Published by the editorial team, 5 January 2023

People of ASTRON: Klaas Kliffen

Klaas Kliffen is a software engineer without a background in radio astronomy.

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People of ASTRON
Published by the editorial team, 22 December 2022

ASTRON involved in European consortium to develop next-gen technologies for radio astronomy infrastructures

The RADIOBLOCKS project has been granted 10 M€ by the European Commission to develop “common building blocks” for technological solutions beyond state-of-the-art, that will enable a broad range of new science and enhance European scientific competitiveness.

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Science
Published by the editorial team, 16 December 2022

Construction of Square Kilometre Array commences

Today, SKA Observatory celebrates the start of on-site construction of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

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Published by the editorial team, 5 December 2022

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