The EU Universe Awareness (EU-UNAWE) astronomy news service for children, called Space Scoop, is now working in partnership with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, ASTRON. Since the EU-UNAWE International Office is based in the Netherlands, the organisation is particularly delighted to be promoting Dutch astronomy to young children around the world.
Space Scoop was launched in February 2011 in partnership with the European Southern Observatory (ESO). Since then, the NASA Chandra X-ray Observatory, Europlanet, the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) and the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) have joined the Space Scoop family. This has increased the number of releases that are published on the EU-UNAWE website each week and made Space Scoop the biggest and best resource for astronomy news for children, with releases now available in 16 languages. The new partnership with ASTRON will further strengthen Space Scoop.
In the Netherlands, ASTRON operates the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope, which consists of a linear array of fourteen 25-metre antennae. In June 2010, the organisation began operating the LOFAR telescope in the Netherlands, which is an important scientific and technological pathfinder for the next generation of radio telescopes, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). Furthermore, ASTRON also works in collaboration with astronomy organisations to operate several other telescopes around the world.
You can read the first ASTRON Space Scoop here.