Planetary Science Group. UPV
The Planetary Sciences Group of the University of the Basque Country
(UPV/EHU) focuses its research activity in the observational and
theoretical study of the dynamics, meteorology and clouds of the
planetary atmospheres especially of the giant planets (Jupiter, Saturn,
Uranus and Neptune) and Venus. The team has participated in the
analysis of the data provided by different spatial missions such as
Voyager 1 & 2, Galileo, Cassini, New Horizons, Hubble Space
Telescope and numerous ground-based observatories. Currently, the GCP
takes part in the analysis of data provided by instrument VIRTIS
onboard the European mission Venus Express. Recently, the group has
been entered into instrumentation development by designing and
manufacturing (with IDOM enterprise) PlanetCam-UPV/EHU, a fast
planetary camera to be used in 1-2m class telescopes. Moreover, it
participates in different proposals of JUICE mission and it is also
involved in other spatial mission. The group also coordinates the
observer network called IOPW (International Outer Planet Watch) for
which the software tool PVOL (Planetary Virtual Observatory and
Laboratory) has been developed. PVOL helps in finding and selecting the
planetary observations taken by amateur astronomers.
Finally, the GCP has been the promoter of the Master in Space Science and Technology at the UPV/EHU and the Aula EspaZio Gela which IP is the actual director. The Aula EspaZio Gela holds an Astronomical Observatory located at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería de Bilbao and the team members are involved in its activities. At this facility Master students have practice lessons and also Master Thesis Projects, instrumentation tests and observational support for PhD Theses are performed, apart from some public outreach activities that have been developed in the context of the International Week Science among others.
- Impact flux on Jupiter: From superbolides to large-scale collisions.
- High latitude gravity waves at the Venus cloud tops as observed by the Venus Monitoring Camera o board Venus Express.
- Limb imaging of the Venus O2 visible nightglow with the Venus Monitoring Camera.
- Atmospheric dynamics of Saturn's 2010 giant storm.
- Jupiter's zonal winds and their variability studied with small-size telescopes.
- A model of scattered thermal radiation for Venus from 3 to 5 source
- The Aula EspaZio Gela and the Master of Space Science and Technology in the Universidad del País Vasco (University of the Basque Country)
- A chaotic long-lived vortex at the southern pole of Venus.
- Ground-based Observations of the Long-term Evolution and Death of Saturn's 2010 Great White Spot