Dutch researchers found 300,000 new galaxies

Aah the Dutch and their thirst for exploration. Houston, this is the Netherlands calling, and we have found 300,000 new galaxies!

They were discovered by the Netherlands-based Low Frequency Array (LOFAR), a monumental radio telescope network. This telescope is designed to detect low radio frequencies which could not have been picked up by other telescope. They found radiation which are formed when galaxies are combining.

There is a team of more than 200 astronomers from 18 countries working with this telescope and survey, which has data and research to explore many areas including the physics of black holes, and how clusters of galaxies are formed and evolve.

Get your headphones on, and switch to the fullscreen: you’re going to want to see this!

Where can you find this research?

Astronomy & Astrophysics published 26 research papers from this survey for the first time in a special edition. According to Futurism, it shows the results of LOFAR’s inaugural space survey, where there is enough data recorded that would fill up 10 million DVDs. Timothy Shimwell, a researcher with The Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON), mapped out these 300,000 new galaxies using data recorded from this telescope.
Don’t get rid of those headphones yet! Check this video out while you’re at it!

In their press release, ASTRON said they are excited for what this telescope will bring in terms of advancement in the study of black holes, clusters of galaxies, magnetic fields, and more. They have made high quality images of these galaxies which are available for everybody to us for their own research.

If you want to know more about this survey and the brains behind it, check out their introductory video!

Let us know in the comments if this excites you about what this research could bring in!

Feat Image: Free-Photos from Pixabay

Kavana Desai
Kavana Desaihttps://medium.com/@kavanadesai
Coping with the aftermath of her 3-year stint in the Netherlands, Kavana is a writer, content creator and editor for DutchReview. Hailing from India, she frequently blogs about the Netherlands, being Indian in the Netherlands, and everything in between. She envisions herself to one day be the youngest person to win that Nobel Prize for Literature (she is also not very humble but welcomes only constructive criticism). In the meantime, she fills her days with writing for DutchReview, writing her master's thesis on art theft, and writing fiction that will hopefully see the light of day soon.


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