Telescopes

ASTRON is responsible for the operations of the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) and the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR).

Astronomy

The astronomical research at ASTRON is closely aligned with the strengths of our facilities LOFAR and WSRT-APERTIF.

Beschermingszones


Met onze radiotelescopen nemen wij de meest zwakke signalen uit het heelal waar. Daardoor zijn zij kwetsbaar voor elektromagnetische storing. Met het tijdig treffen van de juiste maatregelen kan storing worden voorkomen.

Wireless Data Lab


Draadloze techniek lijkt vanzelfsprekend, maar de ontwikkeling ervan gaat niet vanzelf. Daarom hebben we bij ASTRON een proeftuin ingericht; het Wireless Data Lab.

Making discoveries
in radio astronomy
happen.

ASTRON is the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, and is part of the Institutes organisation of NWO.
STORIES
Volcanic ‘activity’ in black holes blows monumental bubbles spanning hundreds of thousands of light years

An international team of researchers, which included astronomers from the Netherlands Institutes for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) and Space Research (SRON) as well as Leiden University, observed the full extent of the evolution of hot gas produced by an active black hole for the first time.

Inheemse blik op de hemel in Leiden tentoongesteld

Op zaterdag 16 oktober opent de bijzondere tentoonstelling Onder onze hemel (origineel Shared Sky), een culturele blik op de sterrenhemel door Aboriginal Australische en Zuid-Afrikaanse artiesten, in de Oude Sterrewacht in Leiden.

Aurorae discovered on distant stars suggest hidden planets

Using the world’s most powerful radio telescope, LOFAR, scientists have discovered stars unexpectedly blasting out radio waves, possibly indicating the existence of hidden planets.

Periodic Fast Radio Burst found bare, unobscured by strong binary wind

By connecting two of the biggest radio telescopes in the world, astronomers have discovered that a simple binary wind cannot cause the puzzling periodicity of a Fast Radio Burst after all.

Most detailed-ever images of galaxies revealed using LOFAR
Vidi grant awarded to astronomer Harish Vedantham
What does the start of construction of SKA mean for the project and the Netherlands?
Green light given for construction of world’s largest radio telescope arrays
Apertif survey wraps up at end of 2021
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A visit to Formnext 2021 Frankfurt

© Mechanical Department

On Thursday November 18th, Sjouke Kuindersma and I visited the Formnext 2021 exhibition in Frankfurt.

Formnext covers all highlights and innovations in industrial and consumer-level Additive Manufacturing / 3d-printing.

For a brief summary of noteworthy developments, please visit my blog post in the Confluence I&S section here:

https://support.astron.nl/confluence/display/TSG/2021/11/24/Formnext+2021+Frankfurt+visit

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Latest tweets

Daily Image of the Week: Weighing the Milky Way? Yes we CAN! https://bit.ly/3qXGNTY

Daily Image of the Week: New aerial image of the LOFAR superterp. https://bit.ly/3n8prRT

Volcanic ‘activity’ in black holes blows monumental bubbles spanning hundreds of thousands of light years, impacting everything in their way! Study by an international group of astronomers using @LOFAR published in @NatureAstronomy today: https://bit.ly/3aISQuK

An exciting step forward in the discovery of exoplanets! @LOFAR has discovered aurorae on distant stars, suggesting hidden planets! Article by @AstroJoeC et al. published in @NatureAstronomy today https://bit.ly/3mxo0Lj

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