Outreach & Media
related fields, both non-technical and technical
is" or "just because" can save them up for the
and ranges from policy and law, business and
annual Klokhuis Vragendag at NEMO. Two of
Over the last few months we have published several interesting news stories that were well received in the media. We also organised visits and outreach events.
management and humanities to life sciences,
the questions were "Can you smell in space"
engineering, physical sciences and space
and "Where does Wifi come from". Well, we
applications. SSP participants are high potential
know the answer to those two very well here.
Roy van der Werp (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Let's Gro To The Moon
about 40 scientists from various disciplines.
This year's "Let's Gro" festival, aimed at
Using models, laptops, and taking brains (still
Open day 2018
inspiring people to create an active, innovative,
bloody) from jars.
On Saturday 6 October 2018, more than 500
and sustainable future for the city of Groningen
people visited the ASTRON/JIVE/NOVA Open
and its 'ommelanden'. The festival was from 31
There was also the traditional Vraag Maar Raak
Day during the Science Weekend (Weekend
October to 3 November.
show. Here, a cognitive scientist, biologist,
scientists and engineers in the field of space in their early career from 35 different countries.
This year, over 500 kids submitted questions, and these were all answered by a team of
chemist, physicist and an astronomer had to
van de Wetenschap). One of the many activities included a Moon-
answer 10 questions in 20 minutes. Joeri van
The day was filled with activities around the
walk explaining the why and how of Lunar
Leeuwen tried to answer the most astronomy
theme 'Building the world's largest (radio)
phase and eclipses, Earth's tides, and space
telescopes': from an interactive interferometry
travel. This excursion ended at the Waagplein
demo showing how our radio telescopes
next to the City Hall, under a 7m diameter
Kids wrote down questions when entering the
work, a data path illustrating the increasing
Moon created by the British artist Luke Jerram,
theater, these were drawn from a large vat,
amounts of data we have to deal with, coding
see picture. From ASTRON, Albert-Jan Boonstra
and then it was up to the audience to decide
workshops, R&D and Correlator tours, to
had the honour to present our ASTRON Lunar
whether the team had demonstrated and
building mini-SKA dishes and pulsars with kids.
NCLE receiver work, during two general public
explained well enough what they learned. If
excursions on Thursday evening.
they did not make it, they had to dance. If they did, they received high-fives. Given the many
The many activities all showcased the amazing work we do here at ASTRON, JIVE and NOVA.
After explaining celestial dynamics by word and
available props, some questions were doable
by body movement, the group arrived under
(such as: "Why are there tides", explained
Space studies visit
the south pole of the Moon, where they had
above by dancing out an Earth-Sun-Moon
In August, the renowned Space Studies
an awesome view despite the heavy rain. The
system). Others were harder -- the worst one
Programme (SSP) from the International
1969 Apollo 11 landing site was visible a bit
being "Why is there gravity". If Joeri only knew
Space University visited ASTRON/JIVE/NOVA
higher-up at the 'near-side' of the Moon. At
that ... Still they managed, and were paid with
in Dwingeloo. During the visit, participants
this scale, the Chang'e 4 communicaton satellite
a few hundred high-fives.
learned about the institutes, got tours
carrying our NCLE receiver, was hovering nearly
through the facilities, learned about telescope
two hundred metres South in the direction of
engineering, the James Webb Telescope, space
the Herenstraat. The group was able to spot
VLBI and Space Weather, and visited the Low
the Chang'e 4 Lunar Lander area in the Aitken
Frequency Array (LOFAR).
crater, where it hopefully will successfully land after an envisioned launch in November.
The SSP is a nine-week graduate top-level professional development program conducted
Klokhuis Vragendag (Question Day) @ NEMO
by the International Space University (ISU).
Kids with burning questions that want a
The curriculum covers the principal space
different answer than "that's just the way it
ASTRON News / Winter 2018