ERC Synergy Grant to image event horizon of black hole

Was Einstein right? The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded 14 Million Euros to a team of European astrophysicists to construct the first accurate image of a black hole. The team will test the predictions of current theories of gravity, including Einstein's theory of General Relativity. JIVE will collaborate in the implementation of this ‘Synergy Grant’, the largest and most competitive type of grant of the ERC.

Jets blow gas out of a galaxy

The jets which are shot away into space by the supermassive black hole in the centre of a galaxy, clear gas away from the galaxy. The first clear evidence of this was obtained by a team led by Raffaella Morganti using the global VLBI array including the EVN. The results will be published in Science on the 6th of September.

Huib Jan van Langevelde appointed professor in Galactic radio astronomy, Leiden University

Huib van Langevelde has been appointed professor in Galactic radio astronomy at Leiden University. As the director of the JIVE and as a recognized scientist, he plays an important role in the definition of new methods and facilities in the field of radio-astronomy.

NEXPReS, integrating VLBI and e-VLBI astronomy techniques, concludes three year project

The NEXPReS project successfully concluded on 30 June 2013, after three years of technology development for VLBI. The aim of NEXPReS was to eliminate the distinction between traditional disk-based VLBI and real-time e-VLBI, by incorporating elements of each into every observation by the EVN.

Triggered e-EVN observations help pinpoint puzzling white dwarf

The "triggered e-VLBI" capability of the European VLBI Network has aided an extremely precise measurement of the distance to a star system. This has allowed astronomers to finally solve a decade-old puzzle, confirming our understanding of the way exotic objects like black holes swallow the material they rip off the surface of nearby binary companion stars.

JIVE and the EVN demonstrate ORIENTplus link with e-VLBI observation

JIVE and the EVN conduct a live e-VLBI demo at a launch event for the newly upgraded ORIENTplus link between Beijing and London.

VIRAC’s 32 m radio telescope participates in e-VLBI observations with the European VLBI Network

On 19 March, the 32 meter radio telescope at Irbene, operated by Ventspils International Radio Astronomy Center (VIRAC), successfully participated in e-VLBI observations with the EVN.

PRIDE chosen for ESA's JUICE mission

The Planetary Radio Interferometry and Doppler Experiment (PRIDE) led by JIVE has been chosen by the ESA for the science suite of its flagship Jupiter icy moons explorer mission.

Grants available for 2013 summer student programme

ASTRON and JIVE announce the availability of a limited number of grants for their 2013 Summer Student Programme. Deadline for applications is 4 February 2013. Click here for full details.

Huib van Langevelde delivers traditional New Year's speech

Director Huib van Langevelde's traditional New Year's speech to JIVE and ASTRON staff highlighted our accomplishments in 2012 and focused on the challenges that lie ahead in 2013.
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