On Sunday 2 October 2022, we will open our doors to visitors during the Dutch Weekend of Science, which will comprise hundreds of events all over the Netherlands.
During the open day, all kinds of fun and exciting activities for all ages will be organised. For instance, visitors will be able to learn all sorts of things about radio astronomy. For example, how Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) works or what are black holes participating in hands-on activities or building their own pulsar (the remnant of an exploded star). There will be the possibility to visit the Dwingeloo radio telescope and also join tours of the building and the JIVE Correlator. Moreover, there will be several talks followed up by quizzes.
The event will be organised on Sunday 2 October from 12pm to 4pm. For visitors travelling by car, they can park their cars on the field at the crossroads of Oude Hoogeveensedijk and Bosrand. A shuttle bus will then take visitors to the building for free.
The European VLBI Network (EVN) is an interferometric array of radio telescopes spread throughout Europe, Asia, South Africa and the Americas that conducts unique, high-resolution, radio astronomical observations of cosmic radio sources. Established in 1980, the EVN has grown into the most sensitive VLBI array in the world, including over 20 individual telescopes, among them some of the world's largest and most sensitive radio telescopes. The EVN is composed of 13 Full Member Institutes and 5 Associated Member Institutes.
The Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE) has as its primary mission to operate and develop the EVN data processor, a powerful supercomputer that combines the signals from radio telescopes located across the planet. Founded in 1993, JIVE is since 2015 a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) with seven member countries: France, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Spain and Sweden; additional support is received from partner institutes in China, Germany and South Africa. JIVE is hosted at the offices of the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) in the Netherlands.
Open Day 2017. Credit: ASTRON.
Jorge Rivero González
JIVE Science Communications Officer