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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Jurjen Sluman

Before I came to work at ASTRON, I had a job at a high-quality technology company. After that I wanted to work in a similar and challenging work environment. So I ended up at ASTRON. Here I’m dealing with a challenging and high-quality technical environment. Both in terms of hardware and software. I find the […]

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The #ParkerSolarProbe has launched! @LOFAR will be co-observing the Sun from the ground. Our space weather scientist Richard Fallows explained the Probe’s mission and relevance on national news @RTLnieuws yesterday (from 12:58,…)……

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