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.

News & Events


Read all our latest news here.

Making discoveries
in radio astronomy
happen.

ASTRON is the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, and is part of the Institutes organisation of NWO.
STORIES
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

After almost a decade of work, an international team of astronomers has published the most detailed images yet seen of galaxies beyond our own, revealing their inner workings in unprecedented detail.

Vidi grant awarded to astronomer Harish Vedantham

Astronomer Harish Vedantham of the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) and the University of Groningen has been awarded a ‘VIDI' grant of 800,000 Euros from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).

What does the start of construction of SKA mean for the project and the Netherlands?

At a historic meeting of its Council on 25 June 2021, the SKA Observatory (SKAO) saw its Member States give the green light for construction of the SKA telescopes in Australia and South Africa to commence. We spoke to Michiel van Haarlem, head of the Dutch SKA Office at ASTRON, about what this important milestone means.

Green light given for construction of world’s largest radio telescope arrays
Apertif survey wraps up at end of 2021
The galaxy with a wagging tail
SKA Observatory Unveils New Brand For A New Era
Famous fast radio burst FRB20180916B just barely lets itself be captured
1 2 3 70
DAILY IMAGE
Colloquium: Astronomy and climate crisis: are we part of the problem or part of the solution?

© Image credit: Victoria Grinberg (Astronomers for Planet Earth)

Why should astronomers think and talk about the climate crisis? Is astronomy contributing to the global warming? Can we just ignore what is going on or are we and is our work affected? What can we do if we decide, as individuals and as community, that this is a global crisis that we need to address?

In this talk, I will try to address the above questions from a personal perspective as an active astronomy researcher and offer not only a summary of some of the recent findings in the area, but also thoughts on how to be part of the solution instead of the problem.

EVENTS
CAREERS

Latest tweets

Daily Image of the Week: The Dwingeloo radio telescope and its main object of study, the Milky Way. https://bit.ly/3tMgfnZ

Today our colleague @AstroJoeC will appear on the @Discovery show 'Killers of the Cosmos' in the episode about killer stars! 💫☠️

Daily Image of the Week: New HBA tile prototype for LOFAR4SW works, the new tile will be capable of producing two beams, to allow parallel astronomy and space weather observations. https://bit.ly/2XbDz2J

Daily Image of the Week: Apertif and @LOFAR uncover a Fast Radio Burst: Last week’s @Nature publishes the paper “Chromatic periodic activity down to 120 MHz in a Fast Radio Burst”. Apertif (left) and LOFAR (right) play leading roles for this result. https://bit.ly/38k2rXW

searchtwitter-squarelinkedin-squarebarsyoutube-playinstagramfacebook-officialcrosschevron-right