ASTRON is responsible for the operations of the 14 dish Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) and the Low Frequency Array (LOFAR) which consists of 100.000 small dipoles. ASTRON is also heavily involved in the design and development of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) which, when built, will be the largest radio telescope in the world.


The Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT) is a powerful radio telescope that uses a technique called "aperture synthesis" to generate radio images of the sky.


LOFAR (Low Frequency Array) is currently the largest radio telescope operating at the lowest frequencies that can be observed from Earth.

Square Kilometre Array

The Square Kilometre Array will be the most powerful radio telescope in the world. It will enable transformational science that will change our understanding of the Universe.

50 Years Westerbork Radio Observatory

A Continuing Journey to Discoveries and Innovations

History of WSRT

A graphical representation of WSRT's rich and exciting history.

Latest tweets

Today is International Women in Engineering day! Paula Fusiara is one of our engineers, watch her interview here: #womeninengineering

Daily Image of the Week: Maintenance work on @LOFAR! This high band array was damaged during the winter storms. But thanks to the great weather ☀️ doing maintenance is easy! Everything is back online again 💪

Morgen 10/6 is een gedeeltelijke zonsverduistering. De @radiotelescoop gaat dit in samenwerking met @OudeSterrewacht live volgen, livestream: Onze collega’s in Leiden zorgen voor beeld en @radiotelescoop meet de intensiteit van de zonsverduistering.

Congratulations to @AstroJoeC for winning the Louise Webster Prize @AstroSocAus for his @nresearchnews paper on ‘Wolf-Rayet' stars (a kind believed to explode as supernovae) ! 🎉

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