Italy joins the JIVE ERIC
As of March 12 2021, Italy has become a member of the JIVE European Research Infrastructure Consortium, joining the Netherlands (represented by NWO), the UK (STFC), Sweden (VR), France (CNRS), Spain (IGN) and Latvia (MES). JIVE is also supported by institutes in South Africa (NRF), Germany (MPIfR) and China (NAOC).
Extreme collision of stellar winds occur-ring in the heart of the cosmic serpent
Apep is a stellar system named after the Egyptian god of chaos due to the spiral pattern of dust generated by its two member stars. Now, as-tronomers have looked at Apep’s heart with the highest resolution avai-lable. They have revealed the strongest shock produced by the collision of the extreme winds of the two stars in our Galaxy.
Call for Proposals to the European VLBI Network (deadline February 1st 2021)
Observing proposals are invited for the European VLBI Network (EVN), open to all astronomers. Deadline is Feb 1st 2021, 16h UTC. Astronomers with limited or no VLBI experience are particularly encouraged to apply for observing time.
2021 Royal Astronomical Society Group Achievement Award presented to EHT
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration is excited for having been granted by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) with the 2021 Group Achievement Award (A). The EHT is a global network of synchronised radio observatories that work in unison to observe radio sources associated with black holes. In April 2019, the EHT team showed the world the first image of the shadow cast by the black hole in M87, made possible by the enormous baselines which give the EHT its exquisite angular resolution.
ORP: A new European network combining optical and radio astronomy research infrastructures
The European astronomy community has been granted 15 M€ to improve how radio and optical telescopes across the continent work together. The OPTICON-RadioNet PILOT (ORP) brings experts from the ground-based astronomy community to support improved access to a wider range of facilities, enabling the fastest-growing type of astronomy – including as many wavelengths as possible in a single study – and in doing so hopefully yield more discoveries. Astronomers from 15 European countries, Australia and South Africa and 37 institutions have joined the ORP consortium, funded by the EU H2020 programme.
JIVE celebrates the National Diversity Day
October 6th celebrates National Diversity Day (NDD) in the Netherlands (https://www.diversityday.nl/), a day to work on improving diversity in all its aspects, including sexual preferences, gender identity, origin, religion, physical disabilities, a distance to the labor market, and more.
Wobbling Shadow of the M87* Black Hole
In 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration delivered the first image of a black hole, revealing M87*-the supermassive object in the center of the M87 galaxy. The EHT team, including researchers from JIVE, has now used the lessons learned last year to analyze the archival data sets from 2009-2013, some of them not published before. The analysis reveals the behavior of the black hole image across multiple years, indicating persistence of the crescent-like shadow feature, but also variation of its orientation-the crescent appears to be wobbling. The full results appeared today in The Astrophysical Journal.