Black Hole Fed by Cold Intergalactic Deluge

An international team of astronomers, including the Dutch astronomers Raymond Oonk (ASTRON and Leiden University) and Michael Wise (ASTRON), has witnessed a cosmic weather event that has never been seen before using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). The results appeared in the journal Nature on 9 June 2016. Read more

Joeri van Leeuwen wins the Willem de Graaff Prize 2016

The board of the Nederlandse Astronomenclub (NAC) awarded the Willem de Graaff award 2016 to astronomer Dr. Joeri van Leeuwen (ASTRON, UvA).Read more

Dr. Jason W.T. Hessels wins the Pastoor Schmeits Prize for astronomy

During the Netherlands Astronomy Conference in Nunspeet, the Pastoor Schmeits Prize for astronomy will be awarded to Dr. Jason Hessels - affiliated with both ASTRON and the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy of the UvA (University of Amsterdam).Read more

Possible Extragalactic Source of High-Energy Neutrinos

Nearly 10 billion years ago in a galaxy known as PKS B1424-418, a dramatic explosion occurred. Light from this blast began arriving at Earth in 2012. Now, an international team of astronomers have shown that a record-breaking neutrino seen around the same time likely was born in the same event. The results are published in "Nature Physics". Read more

Variass to manufacture 64-Bit Microservers Developed by ASTRON and IBM

Yesterday it was announced that Variass will manufacture the first 26 64-bit Microservers for ASTRON and IBM. This is the first order of the Microservers which began development in 2012 as part of an IT roadmap for the Square Kilometer Array (SKA). For ASTRON and IBM, this is an important milestone in the valuation. Read more

Girlsday 2016

Net als voorgaande jaren doet ASTRON dit jaar weer mee aan de Girlsday. Op 14 april komen er 32 meiden bij ASTRON langs om kennis te maken met ASTRON. Read more

LOFAR can now also be used as particle detector

An international team of astronomers have figured out radio signals that LOFAR captures when elementary particles from space collide with the Earth's atmosphere. Thanks to the model of the astronomers LOFAR is now able to act as a particle detector. The researchers published their findings last Thursday in Nature. Read more

SKA-linked telescopes follow up on LIGO gravitational waves announcement

Several weeks ago, physicists at The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves, 100 years after Albert Einstein predicted their existence. Gravitational waves are ripples in space time caused by a violent cosmic event taking place in the distant Universe.
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Mysterious cosmic radio bursts found to repeat

Astronomers for the first time have detected repeating short-duration bursts of radio waves from an enigmatic source which is likely located well beyond the edge of our Milky Way galaxy. The findings indicate that these "fast radio bursts" come from an extremely powerful object which occasionally produces multiple bursts in under a minute Read more

New Fast Radio Burst discovery finds 'missing matter' in the Universe

An international team of scientists using a combination of radio and optical telescopes has for the first time managed to identify the location of a fast radio burst, allowing them to confirm the current cosmological model of the distribution of matter in the Universe. Read more
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