Paper published in Science magazine suggests important orographic features of comet 67P
date back to previous, more active periods in its history
CALIFA project allowed to detect, in three early-type galaxies,
a very tenuous arms where stars are being formed
The TGO satellite has successfully completed the ignition needed
to be captured by Martian gravity
Comets – small frozen bodies proceeding from the external regions of the Solar System – acquire their characteristic look when they approach the sun: the ice sublimates, giving rise to a tail and a coma – a gas envelope surrounding the nucleus. The weeks prior to or following the perihelion are a culminating period of activity for comets, and one of them has just been observed up close for the very first time by the Rosetta (ESA) mission.21/03/2017
Massive stars end their lives in supernova explosions, highly energetic events that can be as luminous as the entire starlight from their host galaxies. However, there are events called "supernova impostors“ which, despite their intensity, are not the end of the star’s life. This could very well be the case of SN 2015bh, a star which had suffered at least 21 years of violent eruptions and which, together with a number of other objects, could be a member of a new class.14/03/2017
In astrophysics, looking away is tantamount to looking back. Just as the light of the Sun takes eight minutes to reach us (and, therefore, we see the Sun when it was eight minutes younger), if we look at great distances we will be studying past ages.07/03/2017
The idea of detecting gravitational waves from space has been under consideration for more than 25 years. In 2012, the advisory bodies of ESA decided that the next-but-one "large mission", L3, will be devoted to this. Launch is scheduled for 2034. In 2015, the Director of Science of ESA appointed an external committee, with Michael Perryman as chair, to advise on the technical feasibility of the LISA mission, and the technology development required for its implementation.
Asteroids on the main belt, situated between Mars and Jupiter, move around the Sun in quasi circular orbits, so they do not undergo the temperature changes which, in comets, produce the characteristic tails. Nevertheless, some twenty cases have been documented of asteroids which, for various reasons, increase their glow and unfurl a tail of dust. Among the latter stands P/2016 J1, the youngest known "asteroid pair".28/02/2017
The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution declaring 11 February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. The Spanish National Research Council has proposed to all the institutes in CSIC to make a picture with all women in their research centers, to use this picture in their welcome web page, and a mosaic of them at the CSIC welcome web page, from 10 to 13 February 2017, with the aim of making visible CSIC and their research centers in their support for the participation of women and girls in Science.09/02/2017
Early-type galaxies are characterized by their spheroidal shape, lacking in remarkable features, and by their reddish color that comes from a very aged star population. They are very massive galaxies where star formation stopped billions of years ago. However, an international astronomers team has found, in three early-type galaxies from the close universe, a very tenuous structure similar to the spiral galaxies arms that has star under formation.19/01/2017
At 22:25 in the evening (local time) of December 11 a brilliant fireball crossed the south of Spain. The fireball, which overflew the provinces of Granada and Jaén, could be seen from much of the country. The phenomenon has been recorded from the Sierra Nevada Observatory (Granada), as well as from the meteor detection stations operating under the SMART Project from the observatories of La Hita (Toledo), Calar Alto (Almería), La Sagra (Granada) and Seville.12/12/2016
The ExoMars (ESA) mission has been in orbit around Mars since 19 October. Over the past two weeks, the first test observations of the instruments have been made. NOMAD, a spectrograph co-designed by the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) to solve the so-called methane problem on Mars has sent its first data confirming the excellent performance of the instrument.30/11/2016
The mayor of Granada, Francisco Cuenca, has conducted a public event in which he has introduced the proposal submitted yesterday to the Secretary of State for Science and Innovation. Representatives of the Government of Andalusia, the University of Granada, The Technological Health Park, the Higher Council for Scientific Research and the Science Park have attended the event.
The UPWARDS project is coordinated by the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC), with the participation of seven European scientific institutions. It will develop new analytical techniques to exploit the Mars Express and ExoMars data. Among the activities to publicize the project is the documentary "Rediscovering Mars: UPWARDS project", which airs today at 18h in La 2 of Spanish Television.19/10/2016
Calar Alto Observatory constitutes an astronomical reference for the international scientific community for the quality of its telescopes and astronomical instrumentation.10/10/2016
On Thursday September 15 the Delegate of Environment of the Junta de Andalucía, Inmaculada Oria, visited the Sierra Nevada Observatory (OSN). The visit is part of a collaboration agreement between the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA) and the Provincial Delegation which began following the First Day of Sky Quality held last June.
The visit was also attended by the Mayor of Monachil, Jose Morales, Councilman Environment of the City of Monachil, Franciso Alvarez, and the Director of the Sierra Nevada National Park, Javier Sanchez.19/09/2016
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The Sierra Nevada Observatory (OSN) is a high mountain observatory located in Loma de Dilar, in the ski resort of the Sierra Nevada mountain range (Granada). The OSN is operated, maintained and supplied by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC). It consists of a main building which hosts two Nasmyth optical telescopes of 90-cm and 1.50-m diameter each, as well as a 60-cm IR semi-automated telescope and a 35-cm telescope.
The German-Spanish Astronomical Center at Calar Alto is located in the Sierra de Los Filabres (Andalucía, Southern Spain) north of Almeria. It is operated jointly by the Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (MPIA) in Heidelberg, Germany, and the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (CSIC) in Granada/Spain. Calar Alto provides three telescopes with apertures of 1.23m, 2.2m and 3.5m to the general community. A 1.5m-telescope, also located on the mountain, is operated under the control of the Observatory of Madrid.
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Take a taxi to the IAA or your hotel directly. There are some buses from the aiport to Granada, but they are not syncronous with the planes...
At the train station, ask for Av. de la Constitución and get on bus LAC to Palacio de Congresos. Get off Palacio de Congresos stop and change to bus S2, direction to Villa Argaz. This bus has a stop very close to the IAA, only a few meters.
At the bus station, get on bus SN2 to Palacio de Congresos. Get off at the bus stop Tierno Galván - Palacio de Congresos and change to bus S2 to Villa Argaz. The S2 route passes in front of the IAA. Get off at the first stop of Camino Bajo de Huétor Street, then walk for a few seconds and you'll be here.