Astronomy Group

Our mission is to make discoveries in radio astronomy happen. All departments work together so that our astronomers can make these discoveries. Our astronomers have involvement in many major investigations. They conduct research on both near and distant galaxies.

Radio observatory

Our Radio observatory handles the exploitation of our telescopes, LOFAR (Low Frequency Array) and WSRT (Westerbork Synthese Radio Telescope). Both telescopes are among the best radio telescopes in the world. Together with an international astronomical community we use the telescopes for outstanding scientific research.

Research & Development

Our Research & Development (R&D) department handles the technical facilities to enable astronomical research. Research & Development is making discoveries in Radio Astronomy possible.

General affairs

The mission of general affairs is to provide the best possible support of daily operations. General affairs has several responsibilities. They handle the policy and its implementation.


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Tammo Jan Dijkema
Scientific software engineer

The work at ASTRON fits perfectly with my studies Scientific Computing at the interface between physics, mathematics and computer science. I work, among other things, on the mathematics to perform faster calculations on physical and astronomical super computers. This allows the astronomers to perform their calculations more efficient. The location of the ASTRON headquarters amazing! […]

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RT @ScienceguideNL De wetenschappers van @ASTRON_NL maken veel gebruik van de infrastructuur van @SURFsara_NL. “Ik denk dat wij voor veel wetenschapsgebieden het voorbeeld kunnen geven hoe grote hoeveelheden data gebruikt kunnen worden," zegt Carole Jackson…

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