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.


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