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Het sterrencluster Messier 7, foto gemaakt met onze eigen telescoop
The job of an astronomer is to try to map and understand the universe – to study the planets and the stars, the gas between the stars, clusters of galaxies, and to find out how they form and why they sometimes disappear.
The only way to study these objects and processes is by observing them. This is done by capturing and studying the radiation they emit, which could for instance be x-rays, visible or infrared light, or radio waves. The study of astronomy is developing at a rapid pace, thanks to new technologies, better computers, and better telescopes on the ground and up in space. Thanks to these new technologies huge amounts of data are now flowing in.
Spectacular discoveries have been made, especially in the last few years. We are now more able to explain and predict certain celestial phenomena, and we understand more and more about how our own solar system and planet came into existence.
Is this the programme for you?
An astronomer studies the physical processes in the universe, which is why physics and mathematics form such an integral part of this degree programme. You need to be good at all these science subjects. The Astronomy bachelor is an exhilarating and fascinating programme, but it does require a strongly persevering attitude.
What is astronomy?
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Flashing stars: how fast are they?
LOFAR: searching for the beginning
The University of Groningen’s Astronomy programme is closely involved in the international LOFAR project, which targets to observe the beginning of our universe. This requires a radio telescope that is at least 100 times more sensitive than current telescopes. LOFAR is a network of 25,000 small antennas distributed over all of Western Europe. A large number of these antennas are concentrated in the LOFAR core, the ‘superterp’ in the Dutch province of Drenthe (see photo). LOFAR enables us to observe the earliest beginnings of our universe, such as the first distribution of dark matter.
What is astronomy? How are stars and galaxies born? Which physical processes play a role in their evolution? How do you get a sharp picture of a distant galaxy?
What is astronomy?