SRON annual magazine 2012-2013

Welcome to the first digital annual magazine from SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research. In words and images this magazine provides an overview of the most important developments, scientific highlights, technological breakthroughs and new instruments in 2012 and 2013.         More

Jelle Kaastra appointed honorary professor at Leiden University

SRON-researcher Jelle Kaastra has been appointed honorary professor of High Energy Astrophysics at Leiden University. The appointment is per 1 April 2014.         Read more (in dutch)

Herschel-HIFI solve meteorite mystery

A team of astronomers, including Carsten Dominik (UvA), has found a possible explanantion for the presence of a certain chemical element in meteorites. By using the Herschel space telescope (ESA) they found a star nursery with a radically different chemical proportions than in any known embryonic star. This is probably caused by a mighty, energetic stellar wind. Such a wind may also have been active around our own Sun, 4,5 billion years ago.         Read more (in dutch)

Selection X-ray telescope good news for the Netherlands

The European space agency ESA has selected Athena as upcoming large mission after JUICE. Athena is a big X-ray telescope which will study hot matter and black holes in the universe, among other things. This is very good news for both Dutch space research and industry, because Athena will be equipped with a lot of Dutch space technology. And Dutch astronomers will be important players in the scientific field as well. This means that in the decade to come the Netherlands will be able to operate in the front line of international space research.        Read more (in dutch)

Swiftly moving gas streamer eclipses supermassive black hole

An international team of astronomers has discovered that the supermassive black hole at the heart of the galaxy NGC 5548 has recently undergone strange, unexpected behavior rarely seen in the heart of active galaxies. The researchers detected a clumpy gas stream flowing quickly outward and blocking 90 percent of the X-rays emitted by the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy. This activity may provide new insights into the interaction of supermassive black holes and their host galaxies. The results have been published today in Science magazine.               More