Header

European Radio Astronomy Consortium

Newsletter Issue 12/2023

---
Super sharp images reveal a possible hypernebula powered by a source of fast radio bursts

Super sharp images reveal a possible hypernebula powered by a source of fast radio bursts

A team led by astronomers in the Netherlands have confirmed a repeating FRB source to be linked to a potential ‘hypernebula’ – a dense and highly magnetised cloud of plasma that is illuminated by a powerful but still mysterious source. This confirmation was possible thanks to the use of the European VLBI Network (EVN) and marks the second occasion where an FRB source appears to be powering a hypernebula. Read here the ASTRON press release.

 

Image: © Daniëlle Futselaar/ASTRON; Artist’s impression of FRBs emitted by a source called FRB 20190520B, and originating in a hypernebula.

---
Discovery closes the supermassive black hole feeding-feedback loop

Discovery closes the supermassive black hole feeding-feedback loop

Three astronomers from the Netherlands have proven that gas that was previously heated near a supermassive black hole and flowed to the outskirts of the galaxy and cooled down, is moving back towards the black hole. While there had been indirect evidence for this theory, this is the first time that the cooled gas moving toward the black hole has actually been observed.

The researchers made their discovery when they used new techniques to examine archived data from the ALMA observatory. They share their findings in Nature Astronomy (Oosterloo, T., Morganti, R. & Murthy, S. Closing the feedback-feeding loop of the radio galaxy 3C 84. Nat Astron (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-023-02138-y). Read more.

 

Image: © Luca Oosterloo (whoislvca.com); Artist's impression of filaments of gas flowing toward the accretion disk of 3C 84.

---
Astronomers discover disc around star in another galaxy for the first time

Astronomers discover disc around star in another galaxy for the first time

Astronomers have used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to observe a disc around a young star in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a galaxy neighboring ours. It’s the first time such a disc, identical to those forming planets in our Milky Way, has ever been found outside our galaxy. The new observations reveal a massive young star, growing and accreting matter from its surroundings and forming a rotating disc. Read more.

Scientific Paper: McLeod, A.F., Klaassen, P.D., Reiter, M. et al. A probable Keplerian disk feeding an optically revealed massive young star. Nature (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-023-06790-2

 

Image: © ESO/M. Kornmesser; This artist’s impression shows the HH 1177 system, which is located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a neighbouring galaxy of our own. The young and massive stellar object glowing in the centre is collecting matter from a dusty disc while also expelling matter in powerful jets. Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), in which ESO is a partner, a team of astronomers managed to find evidence for the presence of this disc by observing its rotation. This is the first time a disc around a young star — the type of disc identical to those forming planets in our own galaxy — has been discovered in another galaxy.

---
AtLAST project conference: Opening of abstract submission

AtLAST project conference: Opening of abstract submission

The AtLAST conference The Atacama Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope (AtLAST) design study: results, science, and next steps will take place in Mainz/DE on 21-24 May 2024.

This conference aims to bring together all researchers, both scientists and engineers, who are interested in AtLAST and want to support its next steps. Talks will span a broad range of topics, reflecting the multidisciplinary nature of the AtLAST endeavour, such as: astrophysical theory and observations, telescope design and engineering, optical design, instrumentation, weather measurements, renewable energy systems, telescope operations, societal impact, astronomy policies.

Registration opens in January 2024 and closes end of March 2024; Abstract submission is open and closes on 12 February 2024. Read more.

---
European Astroparticle Physics Strategy Mid-Term Update

European Astroparticle Physics Strategy Mid-Term Update

On 7 December 2023 the European Astroparticle Physics Strategy Mid-Term Update was presented on 7 December 2023 in Brussels to the the APPEC stakeholders and the future of Astroparticle Physics in Europe was discussed. Mid-Term Update here.

Image: © APPEC

 

---

POLICY NEWS

 

United Kingdom joins Horizon Europe programme

As of 1 January 2024, the United Kingdom becomes an associated country to Horizon Europe. Its researchers will be able to participate in this research and innovation programme of the EU on the same terms as researchers from other associated countries and will have access to Horizon Europe funding. Read more.

Research & Innovation Week

The R&I Week is the 2024 European Commission’s flagship event on research and innovation which will take place between 18 and 21 March 2024 in Tour & Taxis (Brussels, Belgium).

Celebrating the 40-year journey through the Research and Innovation Framework Programmes, the R&I Week 2024 will debate the future of R&I and shape the contribution to EU political priorities, in particular the EU Tech Sovereignty and Competitiveness. Read more.

Latest issue of the Horizon Europe: Research Infrastructures newsletter

Read here the december 2023 issue of the Horizon Europe: Research Infrastructures newsletter.

---

ACCESS OPPORTUNITIES

Transnational Access CALLS:

---

European ALMA Regional Centre

The European ALMA Regional Centre (ARC) provides the interface between the ALMA project and the European science community. The ARC is staffed by scientists with expertise in radio astronomy and interferometry and it supports its users throughout the lifetime of a project, from proposal preparation to data analysis. Users that want to visit an ARC node for a face-to-face visit can apply for funding through the ORP project. 

Westerbork Apertif Long Term Archive

ALTA offers to the world-wide astronomical community free virtual access to data and scientific products produced from all sky surveys of the Northern sky that will be conducted with the new Apertif frontend of the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope (WSRT), as well as tools to query, further exploit and perform data mining of these products adaptable to diverse research goals. The access/funding offered through the ORP project.

LOFAR Long Term Archive

LTA is a long-established archive and access facility supporting the international LOFAR telescope. It is currently the largest radio astronomical archive in the world already exceeding 45 PB from LOFAR’s past 10 years of operations. The LTA provides a central and key resource for all observed LOFAR astronomical science programs where the data become public within 12 months of first creation. The access/funding is offered through the ORP project.

---

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

• MPIfR – Telescope Operator Effelsberg – position – deadline 31.01.2024

• ESO – Director of La Silla Paranal Observatory – position – deadline 04.02.2024

Check also EURAXESS

---

EVENTS

• Meerkat @ 5 conference – 20-23.02.2024 – Stellenbosch/ZA

• IVS 2024 General Meeting – 4-9.3.2024 – Tsukuba/JP

• European Research and Innovation Days – 20.-21.03.2024 – Brussels/BE & online

• Magnetic Fields from Clouds to Stars (Bfields-2024) – 25-29.03.2024 - Tokyo, Japan

• EGU24-G2.4 Global Geodetic Observing System: VLBI component merit – 14-19.04.2024 – Vienna/AT & virtual

• 7th LOFAR Data School – 15-19.04.2024 – Dwingeloo/NL

• The AtLAST Design Study: results, science, and next steps -– 21- 24.05. 2024 – Mainz/DE

• 1st Nordic Meeting on Neutrino and Radio Astronomy – 27-30.05. 2024 - Gothenburg/SE

• CAP 24 – 24-28.06.2024 – Toulouse/FR & online

• The promises and challenges of the alma wideband sensitivity upgrade – 24-28.06.2024 – Garching/DE

• EAS2024 – 01-05.07.2024- Padova/IT

• XXXII IAU General Assembly 2024 – 06-15.08.2024 – Cape Town/ZA

• IAU General Assembly – 06-15.08.2024 – Cape Town/ZA

• European ALMA school – 10-12.09.2024 – Manchester/UK

• ERIS 2024 – 30.09-04.10.2024 – Granada/ES

 See also the Calendar

---

EDITOR:

RadioNet@mpifr.de

Subscription (Unsubscription) send e-mail: RadioNet@mpifr.de 

RadioNet Twitter

RadioNet - European Radio Astronomy Consortium