Michael Garrett accepted offer from the University of Manchester

Our General and Scientific Director, Michael Garrett, has accepted an offer from the University of Manchester to take up the position of the inaugural Sir Bernard Lovell Chair in Astrophysics and the Director of Astronomy and Astrophysics for the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, including the Jodrell Bank Observatory. This is a very prestigious position in UK astronomy. Read more

LOFAR to extend into Ireland

The world’s biggest connected radio telescope is about to become even bigger! LOFAR (Low Frequency Array) will expand into Ireland. This is not only great news for Irish astrophysics, but also for the International LOFAR Telescope (ILT). Read more

The "Jonge Akademie" chooses ten new members

Every year the Jonge Akademie (translated: Young Academy) selects ten new and talented scientists to strengthen its ranks.Read more

South-Africa-Dutch SKA data science partnership seek to address big data conundrum

The visit to South Africa by Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte included a pivotal South African-Dutch data science partnership between key institutions from both countries bringing us closer to understanding the volume of data generated by the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), was signed on Tuesday, 17 November 2015.Read more

Winnaars Maak een Alien bekend!

De winnaars van de Maak een Alien wedstrijd zijn bekend, bekijk hier snel wie de winnaars zijn. Read more


The SKA Organisation released the new official SKA science book, Advancing Astrophysics with the Square Kilometre Array. The book contains the proceedings from the SKA science conference held in Giardini Naxos, Sicily last year. Read more

Open dag 4 oktober 2015

LET OP! De open dag begint om 12:00! Lees hier alles over de open dag van ASTRON/JIVE en de LofarDag op 4 oktober. Read more

Good night, sleep tight: advanced alien civilisations rare or absent in the local Universe.

Sensitive new telescopes now permit astronomers to detect the waste heat that is expected to be a signature of advanced alien civilisations that can harness enormous energies on the scale of the stellar output of their own galaxy. Professor Michael Garrett (ASTRON General & Scientific Director) has used radio observations of candidate galaxies to show that such advanced civilisations are very rare or entirely absent from the local Universe. Read more

Witnessing the birth of a cosmic (radio) phoenix

Astronomers have found evidence for a faded electron cloud "coming back to life," much like the mythical phoenix, after two galaxy clusters collided. This "radio phoenix," so-called because the high-energy electrons radiate primarily at radio frequencies, is found in Abell 1033. The system is located about 1.6 billion light years from Earth. Read more

Super star takes on black holes in jet contest

In a study published today, a team of scientists in the Netherlands and Australia discovered powerful jets blasting out of a double star system known as PSR J1023+0038. Read more

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