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Radio astronomers detect water maser emission from the Saturnian system

An international team of radio astronomers led by JIVE's Sergei Pogrebenko has discovered that several areas associated with various bodies of the Saturn system demonstrate statistically significant indications of water vapour maser emission. The results are published in the current issue of Astronomy and Astrophysics.

Marathon e-VLBI images, educational e-VLBI Web site and Virtual Radio Interferometer now available online

A "movie" of the sequential, automatically-generated images and three hand-crafted images (image 1, image 2, image 3) of the target source J0204+1514, observed during the "marathon" e-VLBI observation 15-16 January, are now available.

Radio-astronomers conduct marathon observation with world-sized telescope

17 radio telescopes around the world will conduct a nearly continuous 33-hour observation as part of a demonstration at the opening ceremony for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 in Paris 15-16 January.

SKA Identified as an Essential Facility for the Future of European Astronomy

The Square Kilometre Array has been ranked joint top priority by the ASTRONET consortium of European funding agencies as they unveiled Europe's 20 year plan for astronomy. SKA builds on numerous technologies and techniques, including e-VLBI pioneered at JIVE. View the full press release here.

"Naked-eye" gamma-ray burst was aimed squarely at earth

Unparalleled data from satellites and observatories around the globe, including the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope, show that the jet from a powerful stellar explosion March 19 was aimed almost directly at Earth. A paper about these observations of GRB 080319B, coauthored by JIVE Support Scientist Zsolt Paragi, appears in today's issue of Nature.

Radio astronomers detect "baby quasar" near the edge of the visible Universe

An international group of radio astronomers has detected an unexpected morphology in quasar J1427+3312, the most distant radio quasar known to date.

Effelsberg joins the e-EVN

On 1 April 2008, EXPReS conducted the first e-VLBI observation to include the 100 meter telescope at Effelsberg, Germany.

First e-VLBI data from China-Australia, China-Europe and Australia-Europe baselines

Collaborators in the EXPReS project conducted the first successful real-time correlation of e-VLBI data from China-Australia, China-Europe and Australia-Europe baselines, the longest baseline eVLBI experiment to date.

Dr. Huib Jan van Langevelde is the new director of JIVE

Huib Jan van Langevelde (44) has been a member of the JIVE staff for 12 years, holding various positions. Recently he has managed various international projects related to astronomical user software and computing. His astronomical research focuses on the circumstellar matter around young and old stars, with an emphasis on astrophysical masers.

First 512 Mbps e-EVN image from six stations

On the 26th of June the e-EVN carried out the first 512 Mbps observations with six stations. The target source (J0000+4054, a compact symmetric object) was observed for about three hours.
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