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.

Diversity & Sustainability

ASTRON is committed to achieving a fair, welcoming, and sustainable work environment for all.

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
TOPIC-led consortium develops CSP-Low for SKA

The SKA telescopes are currently in the construction phase, and with it the central signal processor (CSP) for the SKA Low frequency telescope, called CSP-Low. CSP-Low will be integrated and delivered to site by a consortium led by the Dutch company TOPIC; ASTRON is one of its subcontractors. One of TOPIC’s specializations is designing and developing hardware, firmware, and software for sophisticated systems.

People of ASTRON: Tom Kamphuis

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? Tom Kamphuis is Head Software Delivery and loves that he can contribute to groundbreaking science.

ASTRON lanceert proeftuin voor ondernemers

Om onze kennis over het heelal te vergroten, verlegt ASTRON voortdurend de grenzen van de technologie in haar radiotelescopen. Deze expertise stellen wij nu ter beschikking om de innovatieve kracht van ondernemers te vergroten. Hiertoe lanceren we het Wireless Data Lab (WDL), een proeftuin waarmee ASTRON haar kennis en faciliteiten op het gebied van draadloze dataoverdracht beschikbaar stelt aan het bedrijfsleven en andere instellingen.

ASTRON-led consortium working on SKAO

A consortium led by ASTRON is developing important software components for processing the vast amounts of data that the soon-to-be largest radio telescope in the world will produce.

NenuFAR officially becomes a LOFAR super station
Westerbork and the future of GigaHertz astronomy
NWO condemns acts of war in Ukraine – prepares measures
Flurry of new discoveries as incredible new image revealing 4.4 million galaxies is made public
Cosmic flashes discovered in a surprising location in space
DAILY IMAGE
A field trip for the summer students

© Gemma Janssen

Every year, some non-research experiences are part of the ASTRON/JIVE summerstudent programme. The traditional Wadloop-event has taken part, Giethoorn has been visited, the Wednesday-Bospub evenings are busy as always, and the pancake party has taken place in a revisited form. Lunchtalks, student research daily images and the farewell party are the first indication of summer coming to an end!

New this year: a meet & greet with astronomy-staff-horses! Organised by André, guided by expert horse-trainer Cassie Tooms from Vakantiepark Zonnetij and with support from Gemma, a subset of this year's students got a lesson in Natural Horsemanship. Fun fact: these horses are as internationally diverse as the students themselves: breeds range from England, American, Dutch and Norwegian, and some horses are actually half-Canadian, half Dutch with American ancestry (born in Lhee, though).

After a brief introduction between horses and people, the students learnt how to interact with the horses in a friendly and collaborative way. There were some interesting setups to playfully test the communication; Who's afraid of crocodiles? Can you score a goal with a ball the size of a Lofar antenna? Can you and your companion walk over/under/through/with various obstacles?

Some leadership skills that were gained may prove useful in astronomical context! Overall the main goal was to have fun with the horses, which judging from the pictures, was very well achieved.

Middle from left to right: Nelson and Liam, Lies and Eric, Vlos and Vasu, Trusty and Cristina, Freddie and Fraser.

EVENTS

Next Generation Space VLBI workshop

Mon 17 Oct 2022 - Wed 19 Oct 2022

The third edition of the Next Generation Space VLBI workshop (ngSVLBI-2022), co-organised by JIVE and ASTRON in Dwingeloo (The Netherlands) will be held on 17-19 October 2022. The ngSVLBI-2022 workshop will focus on the future of high-resolution radio interferometry. Next-generation Space VLBI missions would be natural extensions of advanced Earth-based facilities such as global VLBI networks, (ng)EHT, […]

CAREERS

Latest tweets

Many of ASTRON's scientific discoveries were made with the Dwingeloo radio telescope. To tell you a bit more about this, we have published the second video in our virtual tour.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBUp9IMgo6c

Daily image of the week. To enrich the exhibition of Nebra sky disc at the @DrentsMuseum, ASTRON hosted a stand outside, demonstrating how we explore the universe nowadays, compared to how people did this 3,500 years ago (when the Nebra disc was made).
https://www.astron.nl/dailyimage/main.php?date=20220812

This week is #Pride Week. A more #diverse workforce fuels creativity, compassion, understanding, and the feeling of kinship and inclusion. At ASTRON we highly value diversity and make constant efforts to increase the diversity of our workforce.
#diversity
https://www.astron.nl/about/diversity/

Op 7 en 14 augustus staan we voor het @DrentsMuseum, dat de #Nebraschijf, een van de oudste sterrenkaarten ter wereld tentoonstelt. ASTRON-onderzoeker @AndreOffringa geeft binnen een lezing en wij doen voor het museum wat leuke proefjes. Hopelijk tot dan!
https://drentsmuseum.nl/nl/tentoonstellingen/de-nebraschijf

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