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26/09/2013
The Researcher´s Night at the IAA
The Resercher's Night at the IAA: an opportunity to know the cosmos guided by scientists  
12/07/2013
Is the central star of the Eskimo Nebula a binary system?
A study has revealed anomalies in the Eskimo Nebula that suggest that its central star could be double This study provides robust evidence on the existence of a conduction layer which transfers thermal energy produced in the collision of stellar winds in planetary nebulae  
04/07/2013
Direct detection of the tertiary component in the stellar system HD 150136: a step forward in the study of extreme-mass stars
Massive stars have, despite their scarcity, a huge influence on the structure and chemical evolution of galaxies  
ALHAMBRA Field 24/06/2013
First data release of the ALHAMBRA sample, the final catalog for the study of the cosmic evolution
ALHAMBRA studies in detail eight deep regions of the sky, which make it the best available tool to know the recent history of the universe  
12/06/2013
SUNRISE, the balloon-borne solar telescope, flyes over the Arctic again
SUNRISE, a balloon-borne solar telescope to study the sun's magnetic field, has been launched today from the Esrange Space Center, near the town of Kiruna (Sweden)
Draconids 07/06/2013
Draconids 2011: a ton of fragments from a comet struck the earth at 83,000 miles per hour
In October 2011, the Earth crossed the trail of gas and dust from the comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner, triggering the intense rain of shooting stars known as Draconids  
05/06/2013
Disagreement of the staff of the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia with the drastic cut to the Calar Alto Observatory (CAHA)
The staff of the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) disagrees with the recent addendum to the agreement between CSIC and MPG which reduces the budget, stops funding two of the telescopes and involves the dismissal of staff
Atmósfera de Titán 05/06/2013
Identified the molecules that form Titan´s haze, responsible for the stability of the atmosphere
Astronomers from the IAA have analyzed an emission detected few months ago in Titan's atmosphere and reveal the existence of large amounts of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. These compounds, generated in the upper atmosphere, descend to lower levels and form the haze that covers the satellite, heats the atmosphere and prevents condensation
NGC 602 color image 04/04/2013
Young "suns" shine in X-rays in the Small Magellanic Cloud
Chandra observations of the SMC have resulted in the first detection of X-ray emission from young stars with masses similar to our Sun outside our Milky Way galaxy  
18/03/2013
Misterious gas in Titan´s atmosphere
Titan, Saturn´s biggest moon, is the only satellite in the Solar System with a dense atmosphere and the only object other than Earth with confirmed surface liquid material. The analysis of the data obtained by Cassini-VIMS instrument reveals the existence of an unidentified gas in the atmosphere  
21/02/2013
CARMENES, the instrument will search for planets like ours, reaches the construction phase
A committee of experts meeting in Granada has approved the final design of the instrument, which marks the beginning of the construction phase  
20/02/2013
The cause of dust ejection from Main-Belt Comet P/2012 F5 (Gibbs)
Asteroids, unlike comets, do not present a tail, but some exceptions are known. Spanish astronomers observed one of these uncommon asteroids withe the Gran Telescopio Canarias and found that a short duration event ocurred around the 1st of July of 2012 might have created the tail  
31/01/2013
CALIFA unveils the evolution of galaxies in space and time
The spatially resolved history of star formation is obtained for a sample of one hundred galaxies. Researchers find that massive galaxies grow their stellar mass from inside-out and faster than the less massive ones  
Hubble Deep Field 11/12/2012
The chemical evolution of the Universe over the past ten billion years
A research, led by the IAA, analyzes twenty thousand galaxies from the zCOSMOS survey. The most distant galaxies have less proportion of metals than those in the local universe, which confirms the hierarchical model of galaxy formation  
Solar activity 28/11/2012
The planets may exert an influence on the magnetic activity of the Sun
The planets could interfere with the mechanisms responsible for generating the solar magnetic field in a key layer of the interior of the star. It would explain other periodicities detected in the solar magnetic activity  
Dishes of SKA 22/11/2012
Spanish science and industry meet in the Square Kilometre Array, the largest scientific infraestructure ever developed
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a radio telescope made of thousands of antennas distributed over a distance of at least 3000 km. A meeting will analyze the opportunities for Spanish industry in this ambitious project  
Makemake planet 21/11/2012
A stellar occultation reveals the properties of Makemake
The occultation allowed determining the size, shape and albedo of Makemake, and showed that it has no global Pluto-like atmosphere  
Abell 30 by CHANDRA 15/11/2012
Rebirth of X-ray emission from the born-again planetary nebula A30
About 850 years ago, Abell 30 experienced a very late thermal pulse that created a small-scale planetary nebula inside the original one  
MAGIC telescopes 15/11/2012
Gamma-ray twins strike back
MAGIC telescopes re-start observations of the gamma-ray sky after a full upgrade  
NGC 5406 by CALIFA 31/10/2012
CALIFA: The local extragalactic universe unveiled
The Calar Alto Legacy Integral Field Area survey (CALIFA survey) announces today its first public release of data, offering an unprecedentedly detailed view of one hundred galaxies in the local universe with ample opportunities for scientific study. Together with the data release, two technical publications authored by members of the CALIFA collaboration have been made publicly available, describing the data and showing some of their...
Planetary nebula 16/10/2012
The first systematic survey of planetary nebula in the solar neighborhood
The physical mechanisms responsible for the PN morphological menagerie are still subject of hot debate  
Star closest to centre of Milky Way 05/10/2012
The shortest known period star orbiting our Galaxy´s supermassive black hole
SO-102 revolves around the Milky Way´s supermassive black hole in 11,5 years. The star may help test the laws of gravity under extreme conditions and understand the role supermassive black holes play in the center of galaxies  
Arp 299 25/09/2012
Optical surveys miss between 20% and 80% of core-collapse supernova
The fraction of core-collapse supernovae that remain undetected due to obscuration by dust reaches one in five for nearby galaxies and four in five for distant galaxies. The number of detected supernovae helps determine the cosmic star formation history  
Reionization diagram 20/09/2012
A galaxy formed 200 million years after the Big Bang
MACS1149-JD, a very faint galaxy, will provide clues about the reionization  
Poster in protest for reduction of scientific funding 12/09/2012
Science floods the streets of Granada
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia(IAA-CSIC) coordinates different activities in defense of investment in science: concentrations, a flash mob and outreach on the street to raise awareness of the importance of research.  
NGC 1624 observed in h-alfa 16/07/2012
A massive star with the most intense magnetic field yet seen
The star's magnetic field, 20.000 times stronger than the Sun's, is slowing the star's rotation  
Overview of SKA 28/06/2012
A green look to the sky
The Spanish astronomy, technological centers and companies come together in the international project SKA, a network of radioastronomy sensors on a continental scale  
Milky way, from ESO facilities 12/06/2012
Gaia-ESO: a revolution in our understanding of the Milky Way and stellar evolution
Gaia-ESO, one of the largest and most ambitious ground-based surveys, will study 100.000 stars in our Galaxy  
Block of ice 04/06/2012
The most comprehensive global study on the ice
The IAA has been involved in the most comprehensive study to date on the ice. The work, which involved 17 scientists from 11 countries collected what are the current issues that exist in this field of research  
OSN panoramic 31/05/2012
Sierra Nevada Observatory opens its doors
Guided tours to the Sierra Nevada Observatory and the Institute of Millimeter Radio Astronomy  
Broken planetary nebula 11/04/2012
NGC 6778: formation and disruption of a planetary nebula
NGC 6778 shows fast collimated outflows which probably resulted in the disruption of the nebular shell and equatorial ring  
Tesla's blog 09/04/2012
The mysterious legacy of Nikola Tesla finally comes to light
The Instituto de Astrofisica de Andalucia (IAA-CSIC), one of five institutions selected to spread the material  
First light of Chinese BOOTES 19/03/2012
The Spanish network of robotic telescopes BOOTES opens its station in China
The project, led by astronomers at the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia, already has two stations in Spain and one in New Zealand  
OSN 14/02/2012
Advances for the protection of the sky at Andalusian observatories
The Ministry for the Environment of the Regional Government of Andalusia has just established the influence area of Sierra Nevada and Calar Alto Observatories  
SXP 1062 Pulsar and its remanent 18/12/2011
A pulsar too slow for its age
It is one of the slowest pulsars known, and its slowness seems incompatible with its age  
High speed rotators 13/12/2011
Solved the problem of measuring the temperature of the flattened stars
To measure the temperature of the flattened stars is used a theorem that it has now been shown that it is incomplete  
Hypernova gamma-ray burst illustration (www.astronomy.com) 01/12/2011
Stars have found a new way to die
A peculiar burst detected on Christmas Day 2010 points to the merger of two stars, a neutron star and an evolved red giant, after going through a common-envelope stage.  
Electrical atmospheric phenomenons 13/11/2011
Found the key to complete the models of the "sprites" in the upper atmosphere
IAA scientists have found the reason why sometimes these flashes occur with some delay with respect to the lightning that triggers  
Image of Lutetia taken by ROSETTA mission 27/10/2011
Lutetia gives clues about the origin of the Solar System
The asteroid pictures come from Rosetta show that it is a primitive Solar System Object  
Artistic view of ERIS exoplanet 26/10/2011
The dwarf planet Eris could be smaller than Pluto
It has used the occultation of a star by Eris to determine its size accurately
Image comet Sheila 21/09/2011
The tail of the Scheila asteroid was due to a probable collision event
In 2010, the Scheila asteroid showed like a comet, with a well defined tail that disappeared in a few days. IAA astronomers analyzed the event and attributed to a probable collision event

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