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
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

The low-frequency radio telescope NenuFAR will be connected to the international LOFAR telescope, operated by ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy.

Westerbork and the future of GigaHertz astronomy

The Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) has been a powerhouse of science since it began operations in 1968, making more than 50 years of discoveries in radio astronomy happen. Looking forward, we will strengthen our activities in Westerbork on VLBI, GNSS, data releases of the Apertif surveys, and developing next-generation technology for our instruments.

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DAILY IMAGE
ICD LOFAR Field Trip

© Johan Pragt & Lonneke Kerkhoff

Outreach is important for ASTRON as organization and can be very fun to do! So when the Innovatie Cluster Drachten (ICD), which ASTRON is a part of, asked us to organize a fieldtrip to our LOFAR Superterp we didn’t hesitate.

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon we welcomed 30 employees of ICD affiliated organizations with a few family members who were alle interested in the hightech of LOFAR and the beautiful surroundings we’re lucky to have them. You can probably imagine that this is one of the best visited excursions of the ICD so far.

Two skilled guides from the Drentsch Landschap took the group on an adventure of technical wonders and beautiful nature. Did you know that this LOFAR site also hosts beavers and otters?

All in all our ICD ‘colleagues’ had a wonderful afternoon and learned a lot.

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Although beautiful, nature can cause problems around our LBA and HBO antennas. The dandelions can damage the COAX cables, making our maintenance work difficult at times. But we keep our antennas clear with the greatest respect for nature, or course.

Credit: Denis Schrama

Although beautiful, nature can cause problems around our LBA and HBO antennas. The dandelions can damage the COAX cables, making our maintenance work difficult at times. But we keep our antennas clear with the greatest respect for nature, or course.

Credit: Denis Schrama

This week @ASTRON_NL hosted the first consortium-wide Ice-Breaker event for the @EU_H2020 EXPOWER project (@ExpowerEu). Bringing together 8 universities, 3 research institutes, 7 companies from 9 countries. https://www.astron.nl/daily-image/

Another great achievement by @ehtelescope! Our new director @astroTui was involved as well, as a member of the #EHT team.

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