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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.

WSRT-APERTIF
Published by the editorial team, 3 June 2021

The galaxy with a wagging tail

One of the most massive galaxies at the centre of the Abell 1775 cluster has a 2.5 million light-year long tail – twice as long as previously thought – that appears to be “wagging”.

Astronomy
LOFAR
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telescopes
Published by the editorial team, 21 May 2021

SKA Observatory Unveils New Brand For A New Era

The newly born SKA Observatory (SKAO) has unveiled its brand following approval by the SKAO Council at its second meeting.

Science
SKA
Published by the editorial team, 4 May 2021

Famous fast radio burst FRB20180916B just barely lets itself be captured

Two international teams of astronomers (with significant Dutch involvement) have published two scientific papers with new information about the famous fast radio burst FRB20180916B.

Astronomy
LOFAR
News
telescopes
Published by the editorial team, 15 April 2021

Ultra-sensitive radio images reveal thousands of star-forming galaxies in early Universe

An international team of astronomers has published the most sensitive images of the Universe ever taken at low radio frequencies, using the International Low Frequency Array (LOFAR).

Astronomy
LOFAR
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telescopes
Published by the editorial team, 7 April 2021

Europe’s radio and optical astronomy communities team up in new EC-funded project

A new project has kicked off to enhance cooperation between European astronomy facilities and promote transnational access among them. ASTRON (Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy), ILT (International LOFAR Telescope), JIV-ERIC (Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC), and NOVA (Netherlands Research School for Astronomy) are partners based in the Netherlands.

News
Published by the editorial team, 25 March 2021

A starry sky made of more than 25,000 supermassive black holes

An international team of astronomers has produced the largest and sharpest map of the sky at ultra-low radio frequencies, using the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) radio telescope. The map published in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics reveals more than 25,000 active supermassive black holes in distant galaxies.

Astronomy
LOFAR
News
Published by the editorial team, 19 February 2021

People of ASTRON: Paula Fusiara

In People of ASTRON we share stories about the people at ASTRON. Who are the people behind the discoveries and innovations and also, who are the people that make sure that everything runs smoothly? Design engineer Paula Fusiara has been working at ASTRON since 2016.

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People of ASTRON
Published by the editorial team, 11 February 2021

SKAO is born – Launch of international Observatory signals new era for radio astronomy

The SKA Observatory, a new intergovernmental organisation dedicated to radio astronomy, was launched today following the first meeting of the Observatory’s Council.

Astronomy
News
SKA
telescopes
Published by the editorial team, 4 February 2021

People of ASTRON: Henk Vonk

In People of ASTRON we share stories about the people at ASTRON. Henk Vonk has been working at ASTRON since 2017. He is a facilities employee.

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People of ASTRON
Published by the editorial team, 2 February 2021

People of ASTRON: Pieter Benthem

In People of ASTRON we share stories about the people at ASTRON. Project manager Pienter Benthem has been working at ASTRON since 2008.

People of ASTRON
Published by the editorial team, 19 January 2021

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.

Astronomy
LOFAR
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Science
WSRT-APERTIF
Published by the editorial team, 12 January 2021
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