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  • 10 Apr 2019
    Astronomers capture first image of a black hole

    For the first time, astronomers have managed to take a photo of a supermassive black hole and its shadow. They used the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a worldwide network of eight radio telescopes, that together form ...

  • 25 Mar 2019
    Zakya Kafafi appointed Physics & Astronomy Visiting Professor

    In the context of the Visiting Professorship program of the institutes of Physics and Astronomy of the UvA and the VU, Prof. Zakya Kafafi (Lehigh University) will visit Amsterdam for different periods in 2019, ...

  • 18 Mar 2019
    Athira Menon and Paris Asif win FameLab Amsterdam

    Astronomer Athira Menon is one of the two winners of the local final of FameLab, held on 13 March. She will represent our university at the national FameLab final in Utrecht on 9 May. The second winner is Paris Asif ...

  • 25 Feb 2019
    Stellar winds of old stars reveal existence of partner

    An international team of astronomers, including Alex de Koter (UvA and KU Leuven) and Rens Waters (UvA and SRON), has dethroned twelve red giants that seemed to be losing a record amount of mass. The stars in ...

  • 30 Jan 2019
    Marta Volonteri, professor by special appointment of Black Hole Formation and Growth

    Dr M. Volonteri (1974) has been named professor by special appointment of Black Hole Formation and Growth at the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Faculty of Science. The chair was established on behalf of the Bèta ...

  • 25 Jan 2019
    Do superbubbles accelerate atoms to very high energies? Perhaps, but they surely accelerate electrons!

    An international team of scientists, including Jacco Vink from the University of Amsterdam, has used NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory – one of the most sophisticated X-ray observatories built to date – to reveal how ...

  • 18 Jan 2019
    Emergent cosmic explosion exposed

    An international team of astronomers, including researchers at the University of Amsterdam, have managed to track the onset of a gamma-ray burst. An hour and a half after the gamma-ray burst was detected on 5 ...

  • 16 Jan 2019
    NASA’s NICER Mission Maps ‘Light Echoes’ of New Black Hole

    Scientists, among whom Phil Uttley of the University of Amsterdam, have charted the environment surrounding a stellar-mass black hole that is 10 times the mass of the Sun using NASA’s Neutron star Interior ...

  • 10 Jan 2019
    FameLab: Pitch your research!

    Are you a PhD student or postdoc, between 21 - 40 years old, and would you like to learn how to explain your research to a general public ... in just three minutes? Join FameLab!

  • 7 Jan 2019
    Prestigious Armenian astronomy prize for Ed van den Heuvel

    Astronomer Ed van den Heuvel, emeritus professor at the University of Amsterdam, has been awarded the '2018 Viktor Ambartsumian International Science Prize'. He received the prize together with the Russian ...

  • 21 Dec 2018
    Physics Projectruimte grants for Nissanke, Woutersen and Bonn

    The board of NWO Domain Science (ENW) has granted funding for ten proposals in the Physics Projectruimte. Of the ten granted proposals, two were submitted by UvA scientists.

  • 10 Dec 2018
    Gas halo shows how exoplanets are slowly losing their atmospheres

    Two teams of astronomers, amongst whom Lorenzo Pino from the University of Amsterdam, have discovered how hot gas giant planets are shrouded in large halos of tenuous helium gas, suggesting that they are slowly ...

  • 7 Nov 2018
    API Astronomer featured on IAU astroEDU, One of The World's Most Inspiring Education Innovations

    HundrED selects IAU astroEDU (featuring API researcher Tom Russell) as a top 100 education innovation from across the world.

  • 30 Oct 2018
    Building stars, planets and the ingredients for life in space

    On Friday, 2 November Ewine van Dishoeck will give a special public lecture at our faculty. Van Dishoeck is President of the International Astronomical Union, winner of the Kavli prize 2018, and is currently the most ...

  • 23 Oct 2018
    Super slow pulsar defies theory

    An international team of astronomers has discovered the slowest-spinning radio pulsar yet known. The neutron star spins around only once every 23.5 seconds and is a challenge for theory to explain. The researchers, ...

  • 4 Oct 2018
    A new era in the quest for dark matter

    Since the 1970s, astronomers and physicists have been gathering evidence for the presence in the universe of dark matter: a mysterious substance that manifests itself through its gravitational pull. However, despite ...

  • 2 Oct 2018
    UvA astronomers devise new theory on low-carbon Earth

    Astronomers from the University of Amsterdam have come up with a new explanation for why our planet contains ten thousand times less carbon than expected. According to Lucia Klarmann, Chros Ommel and Carsten Dominik ...

  • 27 Sep 2018
    For the first time ever, astronomers observe a strongly magnetised neutron star with jets

    A team of astronomers led by Jakob van den Eijnden of the University of Amsterdam was the first ever to use the Very Large Array (VLA) to observe a strongly magnetised neutron star producing jets. Their results are ...

  • 17 Sep 2018
    Frédéric Merkt appointed Physics and Astronomy Visiting Professor

    In the context of the Visiting Professorship program of the institutes of Physics and Astronomy of the UvA and the VU, Prof Frédéric Merkt (ETH Zurich) will visit Amsterdam for three months starting the 17th of ...

  • 31 Aug 2018
    Rohini Godbole appointed Physics and Astronomy Visiting Professor

    In the context of the Visiting Professorship programme of the institutes of Physics and Astronomy of the UvA and the VU, Prof. Rohini Godbole of the Indian Institute of Science will visit Amsterdam for three months ...

  • 14 Aug 2018
    Lunar eclipse at the Anton Pannekoek Institute attracts large crowd

    On 27 July a full lunar eclipse was visible in Europe. The Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy of the University of Amsterdam organised a special stargazing event with telescopes, lectures, workshops and guided ...

  • 8 Aug 2018
    ERC awards Starting Grant to four UvA researchers

    The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded Starting Grants to Silke Allman, Jayne Birkby, Wouter van den Bos and Alfrid Bustanov from the University of Amsterdam (UvA). A Starting Grant is a personal grant of ...

  • 6 Aug 2018
    Another blow for the dark matter interpretation of the Galactic Center Excess

    For almost ten years, astronomers have been studying a mysterious diffuse radiation coming from the center of our Galaxy. Originally, it was thought that this radiation could originate from the elusive dark matter ...

  • 27 Jul 2018
    Dr. Jayne Birkby’s exoZoo project selected for ERC Starting Grant

    Jayne Birkby’s exoZoo project at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy, University of Amsterdam, will study the atmospheres of other worlds beyond our Solar System.

  • 16 Jul 2018
    Veni grant awarded to 27 UvA and AMC-UvA researchers

    The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded Veni grants worth up to €250,000 to 27 UvA and AMC-UvA researchers who recently obtained their doctorate. The grants give promising young ...

  • 16 Jul 2018
    Veni grant for astronomers Emily Petroff and Alexander Mushtukov

    Dr. Emily Petroff and Dr. Alexander Mushtukov have both been awarded a Veni grant to continue their research at the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy.

  • 4 Jul 2018
    Einstein’s theory still passes the test: weak and strong gravity objects fall the same way

    Einstein’s theory of gravity, general relativity, predicts that all objects fall in the same way, regardless of their mass or composition. But does this principle also hold for objects with extreme gravity? An ...

  • 21 Jun 2018
    Single supermassive star explains diversity in globular clusters

    A single polluting supermassive star could well be the cause of the curious variety of stars in old globular clusters. This is the conclusion of both observations and simulations performed by an international team of ...

  • 1 Jun 2018
    Vidi grant awarded to 11 UvA and AMC researchers

    The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros to 11 experienced researchers from the University of Amsterdam and Academic Medical Center (AMC-UvA). The grant ...

  • 25 May 2018
    ‘Transient machine’ MeerLICHT inaugurated in South Africa

    On Friday May 25, the MeerLICHT telescope has been inaugurated at the Sutherland Observatory, South Africa. MeerLICHT (‘more light’ in Dutch) is an optical telescope that will be an ‘eye of the MeerKAT radio array’, ...

  • 12 Apr 2018
    Space telescope ATHENA in NWO's Nationale Roadmap

    The NWO has honored ten grant applications in the National Roadmap for Large-scale Scientific Infrastructure, including ATHENA, the new space telescope project involving the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy of ...

  • 11 Apr 2018
    SPHERE images a zoo of dusty discs around young stars

    New images from the SPHERE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope are revealing the dusty discs surrounding nearby young stars in greater detail than previously achieved. They show a bizarre variety of shapes, ...

  • 27 Mar 2018
    Ultra hot giant exoplanet appears more like a star than a planet

    The chemistry and radiation on the day side of hot giant exoplanets can be better explained by the physics of stars than that of planets. This is the conclusion of research on the exoplanet WASP-18b, led by ...

  • 26 Feb 2018
    Astronomer Joeri van Leeuwen receives Vici grant

    Astronomer Joeri van Leeuwen of the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON)/UvA receives a Vici grant of 1.5 million euros to hunt for the source of gravitational waves. In the next five years he will ...

  • 16 Feb 2018
    Cutting edge science research to broaden youth participation in science & technology fields

    On 7 February, the first co-creation event of the Expanding (Event) Horizons project took place at Leiden University. Nearly 30 educators, scientists and consultants from diverse backgrounds, among whom API's Dr. ...

  • 19 Jan 2018
    Most powerful Dutch supercomputer boosts new radio telescope

    Every day, thousands of enormous explosions go off in the sky: so-called Fast Radio Bursts. To better understand the flashes and the gigantic energies behind them, ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio ...

  • 10 Jan 2018
    Astronomers Peer Deep in the Lair of a Cosmic Radio Burster

    An international team of astronomers, among whom Daniele Michili and Jason Hessels of the UvA's Anton Pannekoek Institute, has used two of the world’s largest radio telescopes to show that a mysterious source of ...

  • 4 Jan 2018
    Many more massive stars than expected

    An enormous star-forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, contains far more massive stars than previously thought possible. This is the result of research performed by an ...

  • 27 Nov 2017
    Laura Driessen wins Dutch thesis prize for Astronomy

    For the second time in a row, an UVA master student has won the yearly Thesis Prize of the KHMW, the Royal Dutch Society for the Sciences. Laura Driessen discovered a new supernova remnant her research, using the ...

  • 14 Nov 2017
    Neutron star with strong magnetic field may still launch jets

    An international team of astronomers including Jakob van den Eijnden, Nathalie Degenaar and Rudy Wijnands suspects that neutron stars with a strong magnetic field can still launch so-called jets. Since the 1980s, it ...

  • 9 Nov 2017
    Dutch astronomers see moving shadows around planet-forming star

    A team of mainly Dutch astronomers has observed moving shadows on a dust disk around a star. UVA's Tomas Stolker, Carsten Dominik and Rens Waters were part of this research. On multiple days they took a 'photo' of ...

  • 6 Nov 2017
    Breakthrough in simulations: rapidly-spinning black holes launch tilting jets

    Research conducted using computer simulations has demonstrated how a rapidly-spinning black hole not only engulfs matter, it also emits energy in the form of relativistic jets. Thanks to a revolutionary faster method ...

  • 30 Oct 2017
    Astronomers measure jet offset of ejecting black hole

    An international team of astronomers among whom Sera Markoff and Chiara Ceccobello of the UvA, has determined the distance traveled by particles before they are launched as a visible stream of plasma by a black hole. ...

  • 16 Oct 2017
    Multi-Messenger Astronomy Launched in World-Wide Campaign

    Using a vast system of telescopes, astronomers from all over the globe, including Ralph Wijers, Lex Kaper and Antonia Rowlinson from the University of Amsterdam, have been able for the first time to gather ...

  • 5 Oct 2017
    PhD positions

    The Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy (API) at the University of Amsterdam invites applicants for multiple PhD positions in astronomy and astrophysics. The positions are open to candidates from any country.

  • 25 Sep 2017
    Astronomy at Dutch universities leads the world

    Astronomy departments at Dutch universities head the world rankings for astronomical institutions. This is the conclusion drawn from a recent evaluation of the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA) and the ...

  • 19 Sep 2017
    NWO funding for interdisciplinary 'Origins of Life' research

    The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) bestowed a funding of 2.5 million euros upon the interdisciplinary research proposal 'Origin of Life'. This research proposal addresses questions in the ...

  • 18 Sep 2017
    Rudy Wijnands, professor of Observational High-Energy Astrophysics

    Dr R.A.D. Wijnands (1971) has been appointed professor of Observational High-Energy Astrophysics, in particular Relativistic Compact Objects, at the University of Amsterdam (UvA)'s Faculty of Science. This pertains ...

  • 11 Sep 2017
    Fastest-spinning pulsar in our galaxy discovered

    Astronomers using the Dutch Low-Frequency Array radio telescope, including the UvA’s Jason Hessels, have found two fast-spinning pulsars. The researchers did this by looking at unknown sources of gamma radiation in ...

  • 30 Aug 2017
    PhD defense Tomas Stolker - protoplanetary disks and exoplanets in scattered light

    On September 7, 2017, Tomas Stolker will defend his PhD thesis "Protoplanetary disks and exoplanets in scattered light".