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How astronomers are making the universe feel smaller

While astronomers tackle the largest research area possible – the entire universe beyond the Earth’s atmosphere – just a few telescopes around the world provide much of the data they study to uncover the secrets of the universe’s celestial objects.

Astronomers operate the Mercator telescope from a distance of 3,000 km

Thanks to the technology developed by the Institute of Astronomy and the high-performance Belnet connection, (future) astronomers will be able to continue their research from 3,000 kilometres away during the COVID-19 crisis.

Exploring how stars work

Scientists investigate mysterious Lithium-producing stars using Australia's interconnected national research infrastructure.

Data recovery of astronomical proportions

The collapse of the famous Arecibo Observatory Radio Telescope, Puerto Rico, at December 1, 2020, was a great loss for science. Still, things could have been a lot worse...

KNMI shares weather data with fellow institutes via EUMETSAT

Weather satellites provide raw data for weather and climate models. EUMETSAT collects this raw data and distributes the processed data to weather institutes in its member countries, such as the Dutch KNMI. The institutes themselves contribute to the processing of the data. How does this work, how are the data distributed, and what is SURF's role?

Chilean astronomical broker allows real-time studies of the dynamic universe

The job of the brokers is to create tools and algorithms that allow the automated analysis of data from large scanning telescopes, in order to identify the most interesting astronomical objects.

Understanding our planet through aurora

Scientists at the University of Calgary in Canada are spearheading aurora studies, that will help us model and predict space weather and understand the Earth’s magnetosphere.

GÉANT and the SKA – an astronomical collaboration

The Square Kilometre Array, known as the SKA, will become the world’s biggest radio telescope, surveying the sky ten thousand times faster than ever before.

What does Mars sound like? Turning the red planet’s data into music

Ever wondered what the planets sound like? The Mars Soundscapes project uses sonification to transform data from the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft, and images from rovers, Curiosity and Opportunity.

Seeking powerful neutrinos off the coast of British Columbia

An Alberta physicist is able is search for high-energy neutrinos in the waters off the coast of Vancouver Island, from his desk in Edmonton, thanks to Canada's National Research and Education Network

Bringing the Stars Within Our Reach: California Academy of Sciences Makes Data Come to Life

Highly networked planetariums are using "domecasting" — live broadcasting a planetarium show to audiences at other planetariums — to share the latest cosmic discoveries.

Creating a model of the Sun as a whole

In the WHOLE SUN project, world leading European solar and stellar physicists join expertise and techniques to create for the first time a global integrated view of our star and extend it to its twins.