ASTRON Netherlands Institute for Radio
Over the last couple of months, we had
enlarged 37 times. Apertif is now about
some great results and activities. First of
to transition from development into
all, great news for LOFAR 2.0. An NWO
operations. Early Apertif surveys will
Our mission is to make discoveries
Groot Grant has been awarded to
start on 1 January 2019.
in radio astronomy happen, via the
ASTRON and Leiden University by the
development of novel and innovative
Netherlands Organisation for Scientific
Like last year, we organised our open
technologies, the operation of world-
Research (NWO) in order to build and
day. More than 500 people visited the
class radio astronomy facilities, and the
deploy DUPLLO: the Digital Upgrade for
ASTRON/JIVE/NOVA open day during
pursuit of fundamental astronomical
Premier LOFAR Low-band Observing.
the Science Weekend (Weekend van de Wetenschap). The day was filled with
research. In other LOFAR news, LOFAR will
activities around the theme 'Building
be able to carry out simultaneous
the world's largest (radio) telescopes'.
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observations for several science cases.
We think the open day was a big
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This is possible because of the new
brain for LOFAR, COBALT 2.0. This is a
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great update for LOFAR and is future
The telescope in our backyard, the
proof and is amongst the most energy
Dwingeloo Radio Telescope, helped
efficient (greenest) HPC correlators that
downloading an image of the Lunar far
Editorial team | Gina Maffey , John
is possible with the current technology.
side and Earth. The image was taken by a Chinese lunar orbiting satellite.
McKean, Roy van der Werp, Stefan Wijnholds.
Last September Apertif was officially
The satellite that took this picture
opened by deputy Cees Bijl of the
was launched in May together with
Drenthe province. The opening was
the larger satellite Changâ€™e 4 that
a great success and we were lucky
also carries the NCLE payload built by
Twice a year
enough to have fantastic weather.
ASTRON, the Radboud Radio Lab and
ISSN nr. 1871-6644
Besides the opening of Apertif, we
also celebrated the 50-year anniversary of the Westerbork Synthesis Radio
As always, enjoy reading the winter
Telescope with the release of the book:
edition of the ASTRON News and we
50 years Westerbork Radio Observatory.
wish you a Merry Christmas and a
A continuing journey to Discoveries and
Happy New Year.
Innovations. And because of Apertif, the field of view of the Westerbork Radio Telescope
ASTRON News / Winter 2018