The Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) announced that Michael Kramer, Director at Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, and Professor at the University of Manchester, will receive this year’s George Darwin lecturer award. The award will be presented at the Society's 2016 National Astronomy Meeting in Nottingham in June.
Each year the RAS recognises significant achievement in the fields of astronomy and geophysics through a series of awards. [more]
The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) continues to expand its power and capabilities by linking with other millimeter-wavelength telescopes in Europe and North American in a series of Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) observations. Successful detection of fringes was reached for observations on 30 March 2015 by linking ALMA with IRAM’s 30-m telescope in Pico Veleta, Spain, and for further observations on 1-3 August 2015 between ALMA and the Very Long Baseline Array in the USA. Post-processing analysis is being performed at the MPIfR in Bonn [more]
The far-infrared spectrometer upGREAT, developed and built by a consortium of German research institutes, led by Rolf Güsten from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, recently completed its first successful mission onboard SOFIA. The air-borne observatory SOFIA is a joint project of NASA (USA) and DLR (Germany). Four commissioning flights between May 13 and May 22, 2015, showed the performance of upGREAT. [more]
At their meeting on Wednesday 29 April, the Members of the SKA Organisation decided that negotiations should start with the UK government to locate the permanent headquarters of the SKA project in the UK, at the University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank site. Germany is one of 11 member countries of the international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project. [more]
SKA Organisation HQ – At their meeting last week at the SKA Organisation Headquarters near Manchester, UK, the SKA Board of Directors unanimously agreed to move the world’s largest radio telescope forward to its final pre-construction phase. The design of the €650M first phase of the SKA (SKA1) is now defined, consisting of two complementary world-class instruments – one in Australia and one in South Africa – both expecting to deliver exciting and transformational science. [more]
The UK announced funding of £100M (€120M) for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, speaking ahead of an event at Jodrell Bank Observatory today. The SKA project is an international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope. Eleven countries including Germany are currently members of the SKA Organisation. [more]