Leiden Observatory (Sterrewacht Leiden) is the Astronomy Department of
Leiden University, and was the progenitor of the Stichting ASTRON.
Leiden was where the LOFAR project was proposed in the Netherlands.
Leiden staff members are involved in the management and planning of
many major international astronomical facilities. A particular
interest of the Leiden instrumentation programme is attaining very
high spatial resolutions at all wavelengths. Astrophysical research at
Leiden Observatory presently focuses on i) the formation and evolution
of galaxies: from high redshift to the present; ii) the birth and
death of stars: the life cycle of gas and dust. A major observational
interest is in carrying out deep surveys of the sky. Leiden
Observatory is a partner in the Lorentz Center, an international
research centre for Astronomy, Computer Science.
Participant in DS2 (Science and Astronomical Data Simulations).