Natural Sciences - Astronomy/Space

Weird neutron star is part of an unusual star system

A pulsar whose behaviour could not easily be explained turns out to be part of an unusual dual system. This is the conclusion of research by Emma van der Wateren, who will be defending her PhD thesis at Radboud University on 10 June. A pulsar is a neutron star that flashes with great regularity. "Neutron stars are really strange, compact spheres," explains astronomer Emma van der Wateren.

Gravitational waves and the geometry of spacetime

Astronomy & Space - Mathematics

Sjors Heefer explored unique solutions to an extension of general relativity as part of his cum laude PhD research.

Paul Vermunt receives Living Planet Fellowship from ESA

With the grant, Paul Vermunt will research how to use satellites from ESA and others to measure forest water content. To do so, he will regularly go to the Speulderbos on the Veluwe. On and around a 46-metre-high tower in that forest, he will test various sensors that measure the moisture levels and growth of trees.

Balloon Telescope GUSTO lands on Antarctica after record-breaking flight

Astronomy & Space - Physics

After a record-breaking 57 days, 7 hours and 38 minutes, NASA's balloon telescope GUSTO completed its flight above Antarctica by landing on the ice by parachute. The mission was designed to last 55 days. GUSTO has observed atomic clouds in our own galaxy and its nearest neighbor with far-infrared cameras, developed by SRON and TU Delft.

Pre-collapse monitoring of Kakhovka Dam in Ukraine

Astronomy & Space - Environment

New findings from a spaceborne monitoring team of University of Houston, TU Delft and DLR indicates the collapse of the Kakhovka Dam in Ukraine may have been already ongoing before the war with Russia, with deformations in the dam pre-dating the actual collapse. The results were published in the journal Nature Communications Earth and Environment

Surprising insights about debris flows on Mars

Astronomy & Space - Earth Sciences

The period that liquid water was present on the surface of Mars may have been shorter than previously thought.

Twente consortium develops vibration-free cooling for measuring gravitational waves

A consortium of the University of Twente, Demcon kryoz and Cooll will develop an advanced cooling system for the Einstein Telescope. The consortium will receive 2.6 million over a three-year period from the Einstein Telescope R&D scheme, funded by the National Growth Fund.

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