African Radio Astronomy continues to grow
Support scientists Ross Burns and Jay Blanchard recently travelled to Ghana to deliver a radio astronomy training programme as part of the EU H2020 JUMPING JIVE project. Activities such as this contribute to the growth of local expertise in the African VLBI Network.
Behind the scenes of The Big Bang Theory
"I got into Nature last year, I was nominated for a faculty teaching award and my kids don't care, but if your simulations get on The Big Bang Theory then that's something!" says Huib van Langevelde, a Senior Scientist at the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE) and Professor of Galactic Radio Astronomy at Leiden University.
Astrochemists reveal the magnetic secrets of methanol
A team of scientists, led by Boy Lankhaar at Chalmers University of Technology, has solved an important puzzle in astrochemistry: how to measure magnetic fields in space using methanol, the simplest form of alcohol. Their results, published in the journal Nature Astronomy, give astronomers a new way of investigating how massive stars are born.
Astronomers peer into the lair of a mysterious cosmic radio burster
One year ago, an international team of astronomers, which included JIVE researchers, pinpointed the location of a Fast Radio Burst (FRB) for the first time. Now they have found that the source of the bursts exists in an extreme and unusual environment.
Paco Colomer to take over as JIVE director
Francisco ‘Paco' Colomer will become the director of JIVE, beginning in January 2018. He takes over the position that Huib van Langevelde has held for ten years. Colomer joined JIVE as policy officer and manager of the EC-funded ‘JUMPING JIVE' project in 2017; he came from the Spanish National Geographic Institute, where he had acted as coordinator of VLBI activities with the Yebes telescopes for the last 20 years.
ASTRON & JIVE open day 2017
On Sunday 8 October 2017, ASTRON & JIVE opened their doors to several hundred visitors during the Weekend of Science. The theme of the day was ‘Looking through radio eyes'. A range of activities enabled visitors to learn about what it means to look through ‘radio eyes', and what needs to happen before astronomers can use their ‘radio eyes'.
Huib van Langevelde to step down as JIVE director
After serving as the director of JIVE for a decade, Huib van Langevelde will continue his career at JIVE in a different role. The council of the JIV-ERIC accepted his aspiration to spend more time on science and development, and they are beginning the process of selecting a new director. After serving JIVE in various roles, Huib van Langevelde took on the responsibility of acting director in 2007 and then the position of director in 2008.
50 years of discovering the greatest secrets hidden in the universe
This year the astronomy community is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the first successful VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometry) experiments. VLBI provides astronomers worldwide with the highest available angular resolution of radio sources in space.