Good vibes at Open Days

 The Open Days at SRON on Sunday 4 october have been a great succes. More than 1100 people visited the programmes for the general public in Utrecht and Groningen, where the young and the old could get aquainted with space research. Thanks to the great number of little children the good vibes were all around.         More

Welkom op de Open Dagen!

Vandaag openen de SRON-vestigingen in Utrecht en Groningen van 12.00-17.00 uur hun deuren voor het algemeen publiek. Jong en oud komen bij SRON meer te weten over hoe je zelf een spectrograaf maakt, hoe je zelf de luchtkwaliteit meet en/of hoe het heelal ruikt. Daarnaast kom je meer te weten over de zon, Einsteins relativiteitstheorie, zwarte gaten, neutronensterren, de aardatmosfeer en planeten bij andere sterren dan onze zon.         More

SRON Open Days: experience space research!

Always wanted to know how space instruments are made? What the Universe smells like? What is so special about black holes and neutron stars? Where we might find a twin sister of the Earth? Visit the SRON Open Days on 4 october in Utrecht and Groningen and immerse yourself in the world of space research. You can visit SRON from 12.00 until 17.00 hours.          Read more (in dutch)

European citizens measure air pollution with their smartphones

A successful Dutch initiative that enlisted the general public to contribute to the understanding of air pollution is being scaled up and running during the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015 its first Europe-wide citizen campaign: iSPEX-EU. From 1 September to 15 October 2015, thousands of citizens in major European cities will take to their streets, squares and parks to measure air pollution with their smartphone. Participating cities include: Athens, Barcelona, Belgrade, Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Manchester, Milan, and Rome.        Read more (in dutch)

Toward a new picture of cosmic structure formation history

SRON astronomer Hiroki Akamatsu will receive a Veni grant from NWO (250 thousand euros) to establish a new picture of structure formation history. To achieve this Akamatsu will make use of observations with the Japanese space telescope Astro-H. He will also participate in the development of a novel imaging spectrometer for its big successor, the space telescope Athena (ESA).         More