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September 23rd 2018
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  • Peter Christianen new director HFML

    Peter Christianen new director HFML

    Since 1 September, a new director heads the High Field Magnet Laboratory HFML in Nijmegen: Prof. Peter Christianen. He succeeds Prof. Nigel Hussey who led the lab for five years. HFML generates the strongest continuous magnetic fields in the world and is an international, open-access user facility.

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  • Westerbork Radio Telescope's major upgrade

    Westerbork Radio Telescope's major upgrade

    With an innovative new type of receiver, called Apertif, the field of view of the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope in the Netherlands has been increased 37 times. Apertif, developed by the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (NWO Institute ASTRON), will be officially opened today, on 13 September 2018 by deputy Cees Bijl of the Drenthe province. Today the 50-year anniversary of the telescope will also be celebrated.

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  • Almost 500 explosions found in galaxy cores

    Almost 500 explosions found in galaxy cores

    Apart from a billion Milky Way stars, ESA’s Gaia spacecraft also observes extragalactic objects. Its automated alert system notifies astronomers whenever Gaia spots a transient event. A team of astronomers from NWO Institute SRON have found out that by tweaking the existing automated system, Gaia can be used to detect hundreds of peculiar transients in the centres of galaxies. They found about 480 transients over a period of about a year.

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