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Newsletter Issue 4/2021

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EC CORDIS Article: New images of magnetic fields surrounding a black hole

EC CORDIS Article: New images of magnetic fields surrounding a black hole

Read here the article New images of magnetic fields surrounding a black hole from the EC´s CORDIS EU Research Results on the revealed new image of a black hole: the supermassive black hole viewed in polarised light, at the centre of the Messier 87 galaxy.

Find here here also the two papers with the results of the research supported by AENEASBLACKHOLECAM and RadioNet: Polarimetric Properties of Event Horizon Telescope Targets from ALMA and First M87 Event Horizon Telescope Results. VII. Polarization of the Ring. Both papers are published in ‘The Astrophysical Journal Letters’.

Image ©Lunatictm, Shutterstock

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Ultra-sensitive radio images reveal thousands of star-forming galaxies in early Universe

Ultra-sensitive radio images reveal thousands of star-forming galaxies in early Universe

An international team of astronomers has published the most sensitive images of the Universe ever taken at low radio frequencies, using the International Low Frequency Array/LOFAR.

By observing the same regions of sky over and over again and combining the data to make a single very-long exposure image, the team has detected the faint radio glow of stars exploding as supernovae, in tens of thousands of galaxies out to the most distant parts of the Universe. A special issue of the scientific journal Astronomy & Astrophysics is dedicated to fourteen research papers describing these images and the first scientific results.

Read here the full article “Ultra-sensitive radio images reveal thousands of star-forming galaxies in early Universe” at the ASTRON webpage.

Image ©Philip Best & Jose Sabater, University of Edinburgh.

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EVN virtual seminars of "The sharpest view of the Radio Universe" available online

EVN virtual seminars of "The sharpest view of the Radio Universe" available online

Seminars of the EVN held in the series “The sharpest view of the Radio Universe” are all available in the “JIVE and the EVN” channel  in youtube. On Monday 29 March 2021,  Michael Johnson from Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics has presented a talk on Shadows and Photon Rings: Imaging Supermassive Black Holes with the Event Horizon Telescope.

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Black holes as magnetic jet engines: ERC supports Bonn astrophysicists to explain the phenomenon

ERC grant for Black holes as magnetic jet engines project

Super-massive black holes are found at the centers of many galaxies. But all efforts to detect these mysterious objects directly suffer from the fact that no information from their interior can reach us directly.

Now, astrophysicist Prof. Anton Zensus, director at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, founding chairman of the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration (EHT), and the coordinator of RadioNet has proposed an independent method to filter out those explanations from the existing ones that are viable. At the same time, this method may succeed in explaining the high-energy plasma outflows ejected by many black holes. The European Research Council (ERC) is funding this concept with an ERC Advanced Grant of 2.5 M€. Read more here.

Image ©Compilation: E. Ros (EHT Collaboration 2021; Nakamura 2020; Tchekhovskoy 2015)

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Role of astronomy in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic

Role of astronomy in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic

The Office of Astronomy for Development has published a document that provides a synthesis of efforts and roles played by scientists who are usually working in areas not related to infectious diseases, especially astronomers, in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on development. See it here.    

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The 100-meter radio telescope Effelsberg turns 50

The 100-meter radio telescope Effelsberg turns 50

The 100-meter radio telescope of the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2021.

On May 12, 1971, the opening ceremony took place at the site of the telescope, about one year later, on August 1, 1972, the Effelsberg radio telescope became fully operational. Over the past five decades, a multitude of successful observations of the universe in radio waves have been made with the telescope, from our cosmic neighborhood in the Milky Way to very distant galaxies. On April 1, 2021, a special stamp was issued to mark the 50th birthday of the telescope. Read the full article here.

Image ©Publisher: Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF). Design: Michael Menge, Duisburg.

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VLBI20-30: a scientific roadmap for the next decade - The future of the European VLBI Network

VLBI20-30: a scientific roadmap for the next decade

The EU project JUMPING JIVE has facilitated the process of preparing a scientific roadmap for VLBI, whose main goals are to assess the relevance of milliarcsecond scale science in the current transformational landscape of new radio astronomical facilities, and to highlight the technological and operational developments needed to ensure that the role VLBI plays in astrophysics will continue and further grow in relevance.

The document “VLBI20-30: a scientific roadmap for the next decade - The future of the European VLBI Network” has been completed and has been distributed to the community worldwide. A related article by T. Venturi (INAF) – one of the main authors – was published in the EVN newsletter issue 58.

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IAU Global Outreach Events 2021 – Event Calendar

IAU Global Outreach Events 2021 – Event Calendar

The IAU Global Outreach Events are international outreach activities supported by the IAU outreach office, with the intent of promoting and disseminating best practices internationally. Outreach professionals, educators, amateur and professional astronomers are encouraged to share their stories and join the inspiring outreach community.

You can register your events in the official IAU Calendar of Outreach Global Events for 2021 here. Read all details.

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IAU: Proceedings of the inaugural AstroEdu Conference 2019 released

IAU: Proceedings of the inaugural AstroEdu Conference 2019 released 

The IAU has released the proceedings of the inaugural AstroEdu Conference, which was held from 16 to 18 September 2019 at the ESO Supernova in Garching, Munich, Germany. Comprising 21 complete papers and 101 abstracts from 81 authors, the proceedings record the rich variety of topics that were presented and discussed during the conference. These topics span a range of endeavours around the world that foster student engagement in learning through astronomy.

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ERC ceremony: Celebrating 10 000 grantees

ERC celebrating 10 000 grantees

This year the ERC will reach an important milestone: soon 10 000 scientists and scholars from Europe and beyond will have received ERC funding to pursue their best ideas at the frontiers of knowledge.

During an online ceremony on May 6, 2021, the ERC will welcome the 10 000th grantee and will highlight a few other ERC grantees who, in different ways, have contributed to transform science and research. You can register here.

Image ©ERC

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POLICY NEWS

Mariya Gabriel: Article on increasing gender equality

Read here the article of Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth “We need more women talents for better science, research and innovation”, a concrete example of how we are addressing gender stereotypes is the project ‘Nobel Run’.   

Changed responsibilities of the executive agencies as of April 1, 2021

On April 1, 2021, a new structure and partially changed task distributions and designations for the executive agencies of the European Commission have entered into force - a new structure and partially modified task distributions and designations for the executive agencies of the European Commission. Responsibilities for the EU centrally managed programs for 2021-2027 have each been divided into thematically clustered portfolios. Find more information here.

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ACCESS OPPORTUNITIES

Onsala Space Observatory: Open Call for APEX proposals from March 30, 2021

Onsala Space Observatory: Open Call for APEX proposals

The Onsala Space Observatory will open a Call for APEX proposals from March 30, 2021. You will find the call text and details here.

Deadline: May 6, 2021

Open Call of e-MERLIN for observing in Cycle 12

Open Call of e-MERLIN for observing in Cycle 12

e-MERLIN invites the astronomical community to submit observing proposals for Cycle 12.

Proposals are competitively peer-reviewed under standard STFC rules by the Programme Allocation of Telescope Time (PATT) e-MERLIN Time Allocation Group. Allocation will be made on the basis of scientific merit and technical feasibility alone. Find all details on the call here.

Deadline on May 13, 2021 at 23:59:59 UT.

Call for FAST Science Observing Proposals open

Call for FAST Science Observing Proposals open

The call for FAST Science Observing Proposals is open. Users of any nationalities or affiliations are invited to submit proposals between 16:00 UT on March 30, 2021 and 16:00 UT on May 15, 2021 through the website.

Call for proposals to the EVN: Announcement in first week of May 2021

Call for proposals to the EVN: Announcement in first week of May 2021

The next Call for proposals for the EVN will be announced beginning of May 2021. Stay tuned!

Submission deadline: June 1, 2021.    

The Westerbork Apertif Long Term Archive (ALTA) is a brand new facility offering 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.

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Call of "Telescopes for All" open

Call of “Telescopes for All” open

The Telescopes for All project, an IAU Global Outreach Project, distributes telescopes signed by astronauts and scientists, including Nobel Prize winners, to underserved communities around the world. The project aims to broaden the horizons of children, adults and educators while sparking an interest in science and raising awareness for equal opportunities in pursuing careers in astronomy. Proposals and recommendations must be submitted to the IAU OAO. See all information here.

Deadline: June 1, 2021

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES

• ESO: ALMA Regional Centre Astronomer - position - Deadline 10.05.2021

• University of Western Australia - Research Associate - Gravitational Wave – position – 12.5.2021

• ALMA: Technical Lead – Control Specialist - position;   Data Analyst for the ALMA Department of Science - position; Science Archive Content Manager (SACM) – position - deadline 16.5.2021

• University of Tokyo - Assistant Professor at Kamioka Observatory – position –  7.6.2021

Check also EURAXESS

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EVENTS

• ERC ceremony: CELEBRATING 10 000 GRANTEES - May 6, 2021 - virtual

• 6th Workshop on CSS and GPS Sources - May 10-14, 2021 – virtual

• CAP2021 - May 24-27, 2021 - virtual

• ICRI 2021 - June 1-3, 2021 - virtual

• Virtual OPTICON Archival School Using ESO and ALMA Data - June 19-26, 2021 - virtual

• European Research and Innovation Days -  June 23 and 24, 2021 – online event

• EAS2021 - June 28 – July 2, 2021 – virtual

• 3rd ESO Summer Research Programme - July 5 – August 13, 2021 – Garching/DE

• 15th EVN Symposium and User´s meeting on July 12-16, 2021, virtual

• The URSI General Assembly and Scientific Symposium (GASS) - August 28 – September 4, 2021, Rome/virtual

See also the Calender

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