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.
- Ground-based Observations of the Long-term Evolution and Death of Saturn's 2010 Great White Spot
Agustín Sánchez-Lavega, Teresa del Río-Gaztelurrutia, Marc Delcroix, Jon J. Legarreta, Josep M. Gomez-Forrellad, Ricardo Hueso, Enrique García-Melendo, Santiago Pérez-Hoyos, David Barrado-Navascués, Jorge Lillo & International Outer Planet Watch Team IOPW-PVOL.
Icarus, 220, 561-576 (2012).
- Cloud structure of Saturn's Storm from ground-based visual imaging
J.F. Sanz-Requena, S. Pérez-Hoyos, A. Sánchez-Lavega, T. del Río-Gaztelurrutia, D. Barrado-Navascués, F. Colas, J. Lecacheux and D. Parker
Icarus, 219, 142-149 (2012).
- Assessing the long-term variability of venus winds at cloud level from VIRTIS Venus Express
R. Hueso, A. Sánchez-Lavega, J. Peralta
Icarus, 217, 585-598 (2012).
- The 2009-10 Fade of Jupiter's South Equatorial Belt: vertical cloud structure models and zonal winds from visible imaging
S. Pérez-Hoyos, J.F. Sanz-Requena, N. Barrado-Izagirre, J.F. Rojas, A. Sánchez-Lavega
Icarus, 217, 256-271 (2012).