LOFAR observes across borders

An international group of astronomers have succeeded in the first joint observations between the LOFAR stations in Exloo and Effelsberg.

Spacegirls present extraordinary space project at ASTRON

On Thursday 10 September, ASTRON welcomes Anne, Esther, Iris, Jessica, Malou, Mirthe and Sophie, from Assen.

ASTRON astronomers make light work of pulsars!

ASTRON Astronomers Joeri van Leeuwen and Jason Hessels won the ‘Enlighten Your Research' competition of SURFNet.

ASTRON creates new nature reserve in Drenthe

Astronomy can produce fascinating and unexpected results: a completely new nature reserve resulting from the building of a telescope.

ASTRON’s new LOFAR telescope shows first fringes

A team of astronomers and engineers at ASTRON has successfully detected correlated interferometric radio signals from the sky with the first full-scale LOFAR stations.

Spacegirls win Dutch space competition CanSat

The Spacegirls from Assen, have won the national space competition for high school students, called CanSat.

An exploding star in an "exploding" galaxy

Discovery of radio supernova SN 2008iz in the nearby starburst galaxy M82

"Missing Link" reveals birth of a radio millisecond pulsar

As part of an international team of astronomers, ASTRON astronomers Jason Hessels and Joeri van Leeuwen have discovered a unique binary star system.

Most distant detection of water in the Universe

Astronomers have found the most distant signs of water in the Universe to date.

10 Million Euro for RadioNet FP7!

RadioNet FP7 has grown, now involving 26 partners from 13 different countries, contributing effort to 18 independent work packages.

Westerbork Telescope participates in marathon observation

Radio telescopes around the world will conduct a nearly continuous 33-hour observation of three quasars today and tomorrow.

SKA Essential Facility for Future of European Astronomy

Europe's 20 year plan for astronomy was unveiled on 25 November 2008 by the ASTRONET consortium at the Academy of Sciences, Paris, France.

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On June 13-17, the LOFAR Family Meeting took place in Cologne. After two years LOFAR researchers could finally meet in person again. The meeting brings together LOFAR users and researchers to share new scientific results.

Our renewed ‘Melkwegpad’ (Milky Way Path) is finished! The new signs have texts in Dutch on the one side and in English on the other side. The signs concerning planets have a small, 3D printed model of that planet in their centre.
#Melkwegpad @RTVDrenthe

Daily image of the week

The background drawing shows how the subband correlator calculates the array correlation matrix. In the upper left the 4 UniBoard2s we used. The two ACM plots in the picture show that the phase differences of the visibilities vary from 0 to 360 degrees.

Daily image of the week: Testing with the Dwingeloo Test Station (DTS)
One of the key specifications of LOFAR2.0 is measuring using the low- and the highband antenna at the same time. For this measurement we used 9 lowband antenna and 3 HBA tiles.