LOFAR’s record-sharp image gives astronomers a new view of galaxy M 82

An international team of astronomers, including ASTRON scientists, used the giant radio telescope LOFAR to create the sharpest astronomical image ever taken at very long radio wavelengths. Made by observing simultaneously from four countries, the image shows the glowing centre of the galaxy Messier 82 - and many bright remnants of supernova explosions. Read more

The disappearance of the cosmic spinning top

Masses and extreme gravitational effects measured in a binary neutron star

Scientists measured the space-time warp in the gravity of a binary star and determined the mass of a neutron star -- just before it disappeared. Read more

Vanavond Live: Heel Nederland Kijkt Sterren!

Het heelal, misschien wel een van de meest tot de verbeelding sprekende thema's. Bij ASTRON hebben wij dagelijks te maken met dit thema en zijn er vele vragen die wij beantwoord willen krijgen. Buiten ASTRON is dit ook een geliefd gespreksonderwerp en daarom zendt omroep MAX vanavond om 21:25 het unieke live-event Heel Nederland Kijkt Sterren uit op NPO1. Read more

NWO TOP grant for Prof. Dr. Tom Oosterloo to search for the darkest galaxies

Prof. Dr. Tom Oosterloo, one of the senior astronomers at ASTRON, professor at the Kapteyn Institute Groningen and Principal Investigator of Apertif, has been awarded a prestigious TOP grant from NWO, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. Read more

LOFAR discovers largest carbon atoms outside our Milky Way

An international team of astronomers under the guidance of graduate student Leah Morabito of Leiden Observatory has for the first time discovered the largest carbon atoms outside our Milky Way with the LOFAR radio telescope. In the future astronomers will be able to measure how cold and dense the gas around these atoms is that influences star formation and the evolution of a galaxy. The results are published in the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters on 28 October. Read more

Swirling Electrons in the Whirlpool Galaxy

Cosmic particles and magnetic fields in the galaxy M51 observed with the LOFAR radio telescope. Read more

NASA's Fermi Finds A 'Transformer' Pulsar

In late June 2013, an exceptional binary containing a rapidly spinning neutron star underwent a dramatic change in behavior never before observed. The pulsar's radio beacon vanished, while at the same time the system brightened fivefold in gamma rays, the most powerful form of light, according to measurements by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. Read more

Radio-burst discovery deepens astrophysics mystery

The discovery of a split-second burst of radio waves by scientists using the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico provides important new evidence of mysterious pulses that appear to come from deep in outer space. Read more

Astronomers find supermassive black hole blasting molecular gas at one million kilometers per hour from a galaxy

New research led by Clive Tadhunter (Sheffield University) and including Raffaella Morganti, Tom Oosterloo (ASTRON/Kapteyn Institute Groningen University) and Raymond Oonk (ASTRON/Leiden University), has solved a long-standing mystery surrounding the evolution of galaxies, which deepens our understanding of the future of the Milky Way. Read more

12 M€ for Netherlands contribution to design of the Square Kilometre Array

A consortium consisting of ASTRON and the Universities of Amsterdam, Groningen, Leiden and Nijmegen has been awarded 12M€ for their participation in the design of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). The SKA will be the world's largest and most powerful radio telescope. Read more
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