Articles by Jeroen

Back to the 80’s

Located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way, Supernova SN 1987A is the nearest supernova explosion observed in hundreds of years. It marked the end of the life of a…


On Dune(s)

Researchers in France have explained the large dune-like patterns found on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Images collected by the now-retired Rosetta probe and its OIRIS camera revealed the presence of dune-like patterns on the…


The Pluto Comeback?

The beautiful mechanical orrery that hangs from the ceiling of the United Kingdom’s Jodrell Bank observatory looks old, but isn’t. Installed in 2013, the model of the Solar System carries a major clue to its…


PowerPulsar ahead

ESA’s XMM-Newton has found a pulsar – the spinning remains of a once-massive star – that is a thousand times brighter than previously thought possible. The pulsar is also the most distant of its kind…



When the hard GRB does Boom.

… GRBs are the brightest events in our universe. They’re known to fall into two (fairly) distinct categories: short-duration, “hard” GRBs and long-duration, “soft” GRBs. Short GRBs last ∼0.1 seconds and are spectrally hard, meaning…


Born 544 years ago

544 Years ago Mikołaj Kopernik was born. You might wonder why I call him Koppernigk. In German, his name is Niklas Koppernigk. He was born in Prussia as Niklaus Koppernigk. But in those days, we…