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Two ERC Starting Grants awarded to (space) weather research projects with the LOFAR radio telescope

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded two of its prestigious Starting Grants to ASTRON scientists for research projects using the LOFAR radio telescope. One project will use LOFAR to create detailed images of lightning on Earth, the other aims to detect space weather events and magnetic fields around exoplanets. Read more on the ASTRON [...]

By | 2022-01-19T11:18:51+00:00 January 19th, 2022|announcement, press release|Comments Off on Two ERC Starting Grants awarded to (space) weather research projects with the LOFAR radio telescope

ERC awards €619m in its first research grants under Horizon Europe

Following the first call for proposals under the EU’s new R&I programme, Horizon Europe, €619 million will be invested in excellent projects dreamed up by scientists and scholars. The selected proposals cover all disciplines of research, from the medical applications of artificial intelligence, to the science of controlling matter by using light, to designing a [...]

By | 2022-01-10T11:35:24+00:00 January 10th, 2022|announcement, press release|Comments Off on ERC awards €619m in its first research grants under Horizon Europe

Chalmers: Stars’ secret embraces revealed by Alma

Using the gigantic telescope Alma in Chile, a Chalmers-led team of scientists studied 15 unusual stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way, the closest 5000 light years from Earth. Their measurements show that all the stars are double, and all have recently experienced a rare phase that is poorly understood, but is believed to lead [...]

By | 2021-12-29T09:39:37+00:00 December 29th, 2021|announcement, press release|Comments Off on Chalmers: Stars’ secret embraces revealed by Alma

Virtual ORP IRAM 30m School attracted hundreds of participants

The ORP IRAM 30m School organised virtually by the Institut de Radioastronomie Millimétrique (IRAM) on 15-19, 22 and 23 November was a success with the participation of hundreds of students. The School combined topics on (sub)millimetre astronomy with technical lectures on instrumentation, observing techniques, and data processing and, very importantly, with observations carried out at [...]

By | 2021-12-17T16:46:13+00:00 December 17th, 2021|announcement, press release|Comments Off on Virtual ORP IRAM 30m School attracted hundreds of participants

Study “Strong-field Gravity Tests with the Double Pulsar” published in journal Physical Review X

Researchers at The University of Manchester have helped conduct a 16-year long experiment to challenge Einstein’s theory of general relativity. The international team including scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy, The University of British Columbia and The University of East Anglia looked to the stars through seven radio telescopes across the globe [...]

By | 2021-12-14T08:52:12+00:00 December 14th, 2021|announcement, press release|Comments Off on Study “Strong-field Gravity Tests with the Double Pulsar” published in journal Physical Review X

Next Generation Very Large Array Strongly Endorsed by Decadal Survey

The Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey (Astro2020) of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences has published its report and the Next Generation Very Large Array (ngVLA) received high priority for new ground-based observatories to be constructed during the coming decade. The report was the culmination of a lengthy process aimed at developing a comprehensive research [...]

By | 2021-11-05T08:04:52+00:00 November 5th, 2021|press release|Comments Off on Next Generation Very Large Array Strongly Endorsed by Decadal Survey

ALMA press release: A Cosmic Whodunit: ALMA Study Confirms What’s Robbing Galaxies of Their Star-Forming Gas

Astronomers examining the nearby Universe with the help of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have just completed the largest high-resolution survey of star-forming fuel ever conducted in galaxy clusters. They’re tackling a long-standing mystery in astrophysics: what’s killing galaxies? The Virgo Environment Traced in Carbon Monoxide Survey—VERTICO—set out to better understand star formation and [...]

By | 2021-11-03T08:27:14+00:00 November 3rd, 2021|press release|Comments Off on ALMA press release: A Cosmic Whodunit: ALMA Study Confirms What’s Robbing Galaxies of Their Star-Forming Gas

SKAO Signs Hosting Agreements With Australia And South Africa

SKA Observatory has signed agreements with the governments of Australia and South Africa to host its telescopes and associated infrastructures. These documents formalize arrangements for the construction and operation of the SKA telescopes in the two host countries. The Host Country Agreements (HCAs) were signed by SKAO Director-General Prof. Philip Diamond, Australia’s David Fredericks, Secretary [...]

By | 2021-10-15T15:49:50+00:00 October 15th, 2021|announcement, press release|Comments Off on SKAO Signs Hosting Agreements With Australia And South Africa

LOFAR: Aurorae discovered on distant stars suggest hidden planets

Using the world’s most powerful radio telescope, LOFAR, scientists have discovered stars unexpectedly blasting out radio waves, possibly indicating the existence of hidden planets. Read here the full LOFAR article from October 11, 2021 on the ASTRON website. Image: ©Danielle Futselaar (artsource.nl)

By | 2021-10-14T10:47:16+00:00 October 14th, 2021|announcement, press release|Comments Off on LOFAR: Aurorae discovered on distant stars suggest hidden planets