Below you can find movies about ASTRON, the Dwingeloo radio telescope, the Westerbork telescope, LOFAR, the Square Kilometre Array and other projects.


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The videos below may not be used for any commercial purpose. Copyright belongs to ASTRON, unless otherwise stated.


Would you like to use films yourself?

If you would like to use parts of the LOFAR film or LOFAR animation (see below), please fill out the form at: ASTRON can provide you with original (HD) material for the film. On this form you can indicate which part of the film you are interested in. Your request will then be handled by ASTRON and Blue Media, and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 



Do you have a specific question about videos or would you like to use other videos or parts of it? Please contact our PR department at pr [at] astron [dot] nl or at (+31)(0) 521 595 204.


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LOFAR telescope

A sensor network for radio astronomy at low frequencies


  • LOFAR film, short version (11 minutes): What is LOFAR! (English) (© ASTRON and Blue Media, 2010). Also available in Dutch (English with Dutch subtitles).
  • LOFAR film, long version (50 minutes) Building LOFAR (English) (© ASTRON and Blue Media, 2011). Also available in Dutch.
  • LOFAR animation (4 minutes): Building LOFAR (English) (© ASTRON and Blue Media, 2012). Also available in Dutch.
  • 'Around the world in 80 telescopes': LOFAR (© ASTRON, 2009: International Year of Astronomy) .

Square Kilometre Array

Exploring the universe with the world's largest radio telescope

  • SKA video, introducing the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).
  • SKA Universe: animation showing the SKA partners, the SKA consortia working on the Work Packages and highlighting the different sites of the SKA.
  • More SKA multimedia

Westerbork telescope

Fourteen 25-meter dishes built in 1970

Dwingeloo telescope

A 25-meter dish built in1956



Other projects

  • EMBRACE: The Electronic Multibeam radio astronomy concept: The making of Embrace (© ASTRON and Rolf Muggen, 2010)
  • METIS: The Mid Infrared E-ELT Imager and Spectrograph for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT):METIS.
  • OPTIMOS-EVE: The OPtical Infrared Multi Object Spectrograph for the E-ELT called the Extreme Visual Explorer:OPTIMOS-EVE.





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