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21/07/2017
First light for MEGARA instrument on the Gran Telescopio Canarias
The new 3D spectroscopy instrument, in which the IAA-CSIC participates, will make its first observations next Monday
20/07/2017
Milky Way could have 100 billion brown dwarfs
Brown dwarfs are objects intermediate in mass between stars and planets, with masses too low to sustain stable hydrogen fusion in their core
04/07/2017
Improved Representation of Solar Variability in Climate Models
New reference data set for model intercomparison studies published
20/06/2017
Red Dots: The Live Search for Terrestrial Planets around Proxima Centauri Continues
The Red Dots campaign will show how astronomers look for planets around Proxima Centauri, Barnard star and Ross 154
17/05/2017
Levels of light pollution soon to double if color of light is not taken into account
Light pollution – produced by an excess of or incorrect nocturnal lighting – doesn’t just waste of energy, it also jeopardizes the health of human beings and ecosystems. Recent study shows importance of color of lighting, which most widely used sensors are blind to
06/06/2017
IMaX, an instrument developed in Spain, analyses in detail the behavior of the Sun in full fledged activity
IMaX, a magnetograph developed for the Sunrise mission, observed the Sun from a stratospheric balloon above the Arctic. A precursor to SoPHI, which will equip the Solar Orbiter mission, IMaX has made key breakthroughs to understand the magnetic field which determines the behavior of the Sun
21/06/2017
Green light to PLATO, ESA's exoearth hunter
With this mission Europe will lead the search for potentially habitable exoplanets. The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia participates in the project
11/04/2017
Rewinding stellar evolution: The last 400,000 years of mass loss from a star
The study of K4-37, a planetary nebula never studied in detail before, allows us to trace back the mass loss history of its last stages as a star. The study makes use of data from Calar Alto and San Pedro Martir (Mexico) observatories
05/04/2017
OCTOCAM, a project lead by IAA astronomers, will be the next facility instrument of the Gemini observatory
The twin Gemini telescopes, one of the most competitive observatories in the world, consists of two 8.1m telescopes in Hawaii and Chile. OCTOCAM will multiply the power of Gemini South by simultaneously observing in eight different bands
21/03/2017
Rosetta mission describes surface change of comet in transit around the sun
Comparative analysis of comet 67P’s surface before and after the perihelion (point on an orbit closest to the sun) reveals numerous changes in its orography, though not on a major scale. Paper published in Science magazine suggests important orographic features of comet 67P date back to previous, more active periods in its history
14/03/2017
SN2015bh: the end of a star or an "impostor" supernova?
Astronomers spot an intense explosion of a massive star, which, according to records, experienced frequent eruptions for at least 20 years. The analysis of the outburst does not allow to discern between a real supernova - an explosive event marks the end of a star - or a giant eruption implying a massive change in the star’s evolutionary course
07/03/2017
Astronomers unveil with outstanding detail the first steps of nascent galaxies in the primeval universe
An international team of astronomers have pushed large telescopes to their current limits to discover a population of tiny newborn galaxies, which shed new light into the first stages of galaxy formation. Although rare, these nascent objects reveal with unprecedented detail the extreme physical conditions that have existed in the first galaxies formed right after the Big Bang
28/02/2017
P/2016 J1: an asteroid that split in two and whose fragments, years later, developed tails
Asteroids, unlike comets, do not usually present tails, but there are some twenty exceptions to this rule. P/2016 J1 is a peculiar case, known as an “asteroid pair”, resulting from the fracture of a parent asteroid
19/01/2017
Stellar formation is observed in a type of galaxy where, in theory, stars are no longer born
CALIFA project allowed to detect, in three early-type galaxies, a very tenuous arms where stars are being formed. The data, obtained with Calar Alto Observatory 3.5m telescope, contradict the widespread belief that in old galaxies stars are no longer born
29/12/2017
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia launches the app "Let´s go to Mars!"
"Let's go to Mars" is a scientific graphic adventure in which you must land-off in Mars, explore the surface of the planet, build a permanent base for the arrival of your colleagues, collect and analyze Martian samples, and face the many dangers that exist in the red planet
30/11/2016
First data confirm that NOMAD will be able to put an end to the methane mystery on Mars
NOMAD´s data confirm the perfect functioning of the instrument, co-developed by the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC)
18/11/2016
Brightness variations on the surface of '67P / Churyumov' show the complexity of cometary activity
Brightness variations on the surface of '67P / Churyumov' show the complexity of cometary activity
14/11/2016
A startburst reveals the formation mechanism of massive stars
A startburst reveals the formation mechanism of massive stars
02/11/2016
Study confirms that novae, a type of explosive phenomenon in stars, are main source of lithium in the universe
Large amounts of beryllium-7, an element that decays into lithium, have been found inside nova Sagittarii 2015 N.2
20/10/2016
ExoMars mission, in orbit around Mars
The TGO satellite has successfully completed the ignition needed to be captured by Martian gravity
29/09/2016
Rosetta's grand finale
The spacecraft will perform tonight a controlled descent to the surface of the comet 67P, during which it will continue collecting data
26/09/2016
Summer fireworks on Rosetta's comet
Brief but powerful outbursts seen from Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko during its most active period last year have been traced back to their origins on the surface
22/09/2016
New breakthrough in methodology to estimate life span of stars
Size of star nuclei determines amount of combustible available, and hence evolution and life span of a star
15/09/2016
Mrk1018: the black hole that returns to the shadows
Mrk1018 is a supermassive black hole located at the center of a distant galaxy that has changed its appearance twice in thirty years
24/08/2016
Earthlike planet discovered orbiting around nearest star to Sun
Located in the habitable zone, the planet orbits around its star in eleven days and has a mass of at least 1.3 times that of the Earth. Named Proxima B, it orbits around Proxima Centauri, a red dwarf located only four light years away from our own planet
12/07/2016
University of Almería, Calar Alto Observatory and IAA will enhance astronomical knowledge
Among the collaboration projects that will be launched, stand out the creation of an astronomical lecture room at the UAL, the incorporation of trainees at the Observatory and the creation of a summer course that approach its work to the whole society
07/07/2016
The weird system of star CVSO 30: two planets at extreme distances
A direct image has been taken of a planet so far away from his star that it takes twenty-seven thousand years for completing one orbit, and it shares the system with another planet which completes its orbit in just eleven hours
30/06/2016
Discovery of miniature planetary formation disk will enable observation of planetary gestation in real time
Young star XZ Tau B displays a dwarf protoplanetary disk which may evolve up to five hundred times faster than bigger disks and display observable changes in just a few months
03/05/2016
Project ORISON to study the cosmos from stratospheric balloons launched
ORISON, financed by the European Union through the H2020 scheme, is a project conducted by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía, the University of Stuttgart, the Max Planck Society, and Ernst & Young
04/05/2016
Susana Diaz commits the Andalusian government support to the continuity of Calar Alto Observatory
The president of Junta de Andalucía has visited the observatory on the occasion of the presentation of CARMENES project, which will search for exoplanets where the conditions could allow liquid water
28/04/2016
Launch of the UFFO Tracking Space Telescope, designed to capture the early moment of Gamma-Ray Bursts
The UFFO international collaboration has developed a tracking space telescope that will detect X-rays and track UV/optical lights emitting from very early moment of Gamma-ray Bursts (GRBs)
23/03/2016
Planning Starts for MOS and HIRES Instruments on the E-ELT
The Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC) participates in the development of HIRES spectrograph and in the scientific exploitation of both instruments
17/03/2016
Planet embryo orbiting around star HL Tau shows how planetary formation can be accelerated
Young star HL Tau is surrounded by a disk of dust displaying numerous grooves taken believed to be initial phases of planet formation
01/03/2016
The Calar Alto Observatory opens up its doors to the public
The Spanish-German Astronomical Centre at Calar Alto (CAHA, MPG / CSIC) and the company Azimuth-Education and scientific tourism, have signed an agreement for the management and development of astrotourism and outreach activities from the observatory and its environment
26/01/2016
The highest angular resolution image in Astronomy reveals the insides of a galactic nucleus
The space mission RadioAstron (Russian Space Agency) has observed, along with fifteen other radio telescopes distributed around the globe, the environment of the black hole at the core of the active galaxy BL Lacertae
15/01/2016
Follow a Live Planet Hunt!
A unique outreach campaign has been launched that will allow the general public to follow scientists from around the globe as they search for an Earth-like exoplanet around the closest star to us, Proxima Centauri. The observing campaign will run from January to April 2016 and will be accompanied by blog posts and social media updates. No one knows what the outcome will be. In the months following the observations, the scientists will analyse...
15/01/2016
The European Space Agency (ESA) will search for potentially dangerous objects from Calar Alto
ESA and Calar Alto have signed a collaboration agreement for the exclusive remote use of the 80 cm. Schmidt Telescope.
11/12/2015
History of Andromeda galaxy studied through stellar remains
Planetary nebulae, stars similar to the Sun which have burnt up their fuel and ejected their external layers, make it possible to study two main substructures of the Andromeda galaxy
30/11/2015
Researchers from the IAA and the UGR question results obtained heretofore in the study of pulsating stars
A study using the high precision satellites CoRot and Kepler has pointed to two examples which put in question the use of a tool common to most studies of stellar oscillations
08/10/2015
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia receives the medal of honor of the Foundation Rodríguez-Acosta
The medal has been awarded for his research and as a center of international reference
Logo CARMENES 18/10/2015
Infrared ‘eye’ arrival completes CARMENES instrument, which will see its first light in November
The infrared channel, developed at the Instituto de Astronfísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), will be tomorrow placed in its final location, at the 3.5m Calar Alto Observatory telescope
Mision Rosetta 27/09/2015
Rosetta mission confirms comet 67P to be product of fusion of two independent objects
Cometary lobes collided together very slowly during formation of the Solar System  
Atmospheric warming 15/09/2015
Concentration of carbon dioxide on the rise in upper layers of Earth’s atmosphere
The SABER instrument, aboard the TIMED satellite (NASA), has measured an increase of between five and twelve percent per decade in the concentration of CO2 in the top atmospheric layers
27/07/2015
Abell 78: the born-again star
Abell 78 suffered a late thermonuclear blast that took it back for a while to a previous stage
Misión MarsExpress 09/07/2015
UPWARDS, a cutting-edge project for global understanding of Mars
Co-ordinated by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), the project involves seven European scientific institutions which are developing new analytical techniques to exploit the Mars Express and the future ExoMars missions
Detail of comet 67P nucleus 01/07/2015
Activity inside pits of comet 67P observed by the Rosetta mission helps to explain their origin
Origin of circular depressions found on various comets has finally been discovered thanks to the observations of the OSIRIS camera aboard the Rosetta mission (ESA)
Artistic image from EXOMARS mission 13/05/2015
IAA codirects NOMAD, an instrument that may solve the enigma of methane on Mars
In eight months’ time, an instrument called NOMAD will fly to Mars aboard the ExoMars mission of the European Spatial Agency (ESA)
Emergence of a stellar jet in real-time 30/03/2015
Emergence of a stellar jet observed in real time
The observation over an eighteen year span of the formation of a massive star has unveiled the birth of a bipolar jet which ejects matter and regulates the star’s growth
25/03/2015
Real time gestation of stellar jet
Stars birth and grow inside big clouds made of gas and dust by gravitational collapse of overdensity areas.
Image of galaxy IZW 18 23/03/2015
IZw18: the galaxy that reveals the history of the universe
A map of ionized helium in the galaxy has just been published which indicates the presence of peculiar stars similar to the first that ever shone in the universe

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