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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
SKA dishes matrix 09/03/2015
The world’s largest radio telescope takes a major step towards construction
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the largest research infrastructure ever developed, has already a final design for the first phase of the project
Venus’ atmosphere, in the ultraviolet range 24/02/2015
The huge “Y” in the atmosphere of Venus due to a wave distorted by the wind
When observed in the ultraviolet range, Venus’ atmosphere reveals to be covered by a dark Y-shaped cloud whose origin and evolution have remained unexplained up to date
Origin of the magnetic field covering the Sun 19/02/2015
The origin of the magnetic field covering the Sun has been discovered
High resolution observations using the HINODE satellite reveal the existence of small magnetic elements inside solar supergranules
Jupiter view from moon Ganimedes 18/02/2015
JUPITER, a laboratory for studying exoplanets
Its atmosphere has been analized during an eclipse of Ganymede, the third satellite of the gas giant
Plume observed on Mars 16/02/2015
The highest plume ever observed on Mars
Researchers are studying images of a mysterious bulge that rose up more than 200 km from the surface
Stars akin to the sun also explode 16/02/2015
Stars akin to the sun also explode when they die
IRAS 15103-5754, a star observed as it was turning into a planetary nebula, yields new clues as to the death of stars akin to the sun
Location of "sigma Orionis" 27/01/2015
The characteristics of the multiple star "sigma Orionis" are determined
A detailed study on the multiple star system led by Spanish astrophysicists has identified the period, mass and emission of high energy photons of the main stars of the system
Detalle del cometa 67P 22/01/2015
Rosetta mission yields most accurate and integral picture of a comet ever
Science magazine publishes special edition on findings of Rosetta, on orbit around comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko since August 2014
universal comb vs. neón spectrum 10/12/2014
A universal comb
Optical frequency comb allows more accurate astronomical observations  
Artistic representation of SOLAR ORBITER mission 11/11/2014
IAA-CSIC is co-managing an instrument that will orbit around the Sun on board the Solar Orbiter mission (ESA)
Solar Orbiter (ESA) will travel around the Sun to study both solar physics and the Sun’s influence on the interplanetary medium, using instruments of local measurement as well as remote surveyal
GLORIA Logo project 10/11/2014
The GLORIA Project makes available to internet users 13 robotic telescopes in three continents
GLORIA, which uses copyleft licenses for the free distribution of its contents and materials, is supported by the Ciziten Science program of the European Union
An artist's view of the heart of a quasar 29/10/2014
Existence of a group of “quiet” quasars confirmed
Apart from very distant, ultraluminous quasars -evolving rapidly and associated with galaxy mergers - there is likely another population of quasars that evolves slowly
Artistic impression of a baby star still surrounded by a protoplanetary disc 23/09/2014
Signs of the formation of a planetary system around the star HD169142
Young star HD169142 displays a disk of gas and dust with two annular gaps possibly due to the formation of planets
Type Ia supernovae 20/08/2014
Type Ia supernovae stem from the explosion of white dwarfs coupled with twin stars
Study discards possibility that type Ia supernovae might stem from explosions of white dwarfs nourished by normal stars. Were these conclusions to become generalized, type Ia supernovae might no longer serve as “standard candles” to measure astronomical distances
Low resolution image of 67P comet 17/07/2014
The unexpected shape of the nucleus of the comet 67P
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, destination of ESA’s Rosetta mission, seems to consist of two parts
Atmospheric waves in Venus' atmosphere 09/07/2014
The atmospheric waves of Venus, key to understanding the superrotation of its atmosphere, have been deciphered
Venus’ atmosphere rotates up to sixty times faster than its surface, a phenomenon known as superrotation whose origin hast yet to be satisfactorily explained
VY Can Majoris image composed 03/07/2014
Researchers from the IAA win the "Beauty Contest", an international competition to obtain optical/infrarred interferometric images
Imaging at optical/infrared wavelengths is a novel technique that has been developed during the last ten years
Getting closer to 67P comet 03/07/2014
Rosetta’s comet takes shape
In current images obtained by OSIRIS, Rosetta’s scientific imaging system, the nucleus of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko covers good four pixels
IMaX launch 02/07/2014
IMaX, a Spanish instrument, reveals how magnetic structures in the Sun are born and evolve
IMaX, aboard the SUNRISE mission –a telescope that observed the sun from a stratospheric balloon over the Arctic- has observed the formation and evolution of a magnetic flux tube on the solar surface
Foreign star (HIRES) 04/06/2014
Ancient worlds around a "foreign" star
Two planets have been discovered around Kapteyn´s, a star that was possibly part of a satellite galaxy absorbed by the Milky Way
MEGARA, the new GTC instrument 21/05/2014
The contract for the construction of MEGARA, the next optical instrument for the Gran Telescopio Canarias, is signed
MEGARA is the first spectrograph capable of observing the emission of the gas located in between distant galaxies
ROSETTA and the PHILAE module 15/05/2014
Rosetta's target comet is becoming active
The scientific imaging system OSIRIS on board ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft witnesses the awakening of the mission’s target comet
30 Doradus nebula 15/04/2014
The laws that determine how dust affects the light that reaches us from the stars are being rewritten
Laws used since 1989 to correct this effect prompted errors in the characterization of stars and needed revision
Solar oscillation mode 01/04/2014
Star-quakes reveal content of stars which are hotter and more massive than the sun
The propagation of sound waves inside stars produces oscillations on their surface. The analysis of these oscillations makes it possible to know the internal structure and age of stars, and it has just turned out to be also effective in the detailed study of stars more massive than the sun
Chariklo and his system of rings 26/03/2014
A system of rings around a body of the Solar System which is not a planet has been spotted for the first time
Chariklo, an object 250 kilometers in diameter has two rings around it possibly composed of water ice. The finding, involving researchers from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC), was made possible by a stellar occultation
Stellar spectral classification by Morgan & Keenan 06/03/2014
GOSSS survey clears the way for study of massive stars
The GOSSS survey was designed to fill the gaps and overcome the heterogeneity of previous surveys which led to systematic errors in the classification of stars  
Impact of a rock against the moon 24/02/2014
The greatest impact of a rock against the moon has been observed
The impact was observed by researchers from the University of Huelva and the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) and produced a glow brighter than the North Star  
Searching for New Worlds with PLATO 20/02/2014
Searching for New Worlds with PLATO
Space eye with 34 telescopes will investigate one million stars Spain participaes actively in the mission  
Neutron star 11/02/2014
Stars carry "memories" from their early life into in their final stages [UPDATE]
It has been discovered that characteristics present at the start of a star’s life disappear during their adult life and re-emerge during their neutron star or white dwarf phases  
SN 2014J 30/01/2014
A type Ia supernova, the closest to Earth since 1604, has been observed
SN 2014J, discovered in galaxy M82, has mobilized experts from around the world. Pictures of the supernova were taken at the Estallidos Project site, coordinated by IAA, using the William Herschel telescope  
Captura de pantalla de la web de GLORIA 22/01/2014
The GLORIA Project launches ‘Personal Space’ - A free web-based tool to explore the Cosmos from your laptop
The ‘Personal Space’ web application allows you to make a direct and personal connection to the universe by linking significant events in your own life with what was above you in the sky at that moment  
PIIISA 2014 07/01/2014
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) will participate in the fourth year of the Project to Introduce Research and Innovation into Secondary Schools in Granada (PIIISA 2014)
The fourth year of this initiative, launched by IAA-CSIC and aimed at introducing secondary school students to the scientific method, begins tomorrow  
Galactic Center Black Hole Laboratory 18/11/2013
Black hole in centre of Milky Way serves as experimental laboratory
Experts from around the world are meeting this week at the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) to discuss the progress made on the study of the centre of our galaxy  
ISON comet 14/11/2013
ISON comet undergoes activity burst and it is visible with naked eye
ISON will brush past the sun on 28 November next and will provide an outstanding opportunity to study the evolution of a new comet, recently arrived from the boundaries of the solar system  
Sky pointings of ALHAMBRA 13/11/2013
Ten billion years of cosmic evolution within arm’s reach
Developed at the Calar Alto Observatory, ALHAMBRA has identified, classified and calculated the distance of more than half a million galaxies distributed in eight different celestial regions  
Grid of SKA antennas 04/11/2013
Ten research centres and eleven Spanish companies will take part in the design of SKA, the biggest radio telescope in the world
Spanish researchers and engineers will participate in the design of antennas, data transmission, and telescope management and monitoring software  
Active galaxy 1344c 24/10/2013
Does the diet of a supermassive black hole affect the host galaxy?
Using the ALMA telescope, it has been possible to observe NGC 1433 in detail, which presents a complex system of rings, bars and spirals that guide gas toward the central supermassive black hole  
Fragmentation of main-belt comet 17/10/2013
Fragmentation of main-belt comet observed for the first time
P/2013 R3 (CATALINA/PANSTARRS) is classified as a "main-belt comet”, an unusual type of asteroid that exhibits similar traits to those of comets  
Telescopio robótico de la red BOOTES 09/10/2013
Telescopes that do everything
Robotic telescopes study everything -from objects in our Solar System and galactic nuclei to transitory phenomena such as explosions of gamma rays- without human intervention  

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