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20/09/2022
The largest European meeting on planetary sciences is held in Granada
More than a thousand specialists participate in the congress, organized locally by members of the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) and held at the Palacio de Congresos. This great meeting has allowed the organization, at the IAA-CSIC, of a meeting with representatives of the European and American space agencies (ESA and NASA) on the JUICE (ESA) and Clipper (NASA) space missions    
08/09/2022
Study reveals that water worlds may be more common than expected
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) leads a study that finds evidence for the existence of abundant extrasolar planets composed of ice and rock around dwarf stars    
25/08/2022
First look at the prolific stellar factory at the center of the Milky Way
A study, part of the GALACTICNUCLEUS project, coordinated by the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC), reveals the history of star formation in the center of our galaxy    
07/07/2022
Possible galactic fossil found near Andromeda
An unusual ultrafaint dwarf galaxy has been discovered, within the framework of a project led by the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC), in the outer limits of the Andromeda galaxy. Named Pegasus V, it contains very few heavy elements and is likely to be a fossil of the earliest galaxies    
21/06/2022
The best studied terrestrial planet outside the Solar System
An international scientific team, with the participation of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC), has measured with unprecedented precision the mass and radius of Gliese 486 b, a "super-Earth" type exoplanet, discovered in 2021 with the CARMENES instrument at Calar Alto observatory.
15/06/2022
Two hot, rocky exoplanets detected transiting a nearby star
An international team led by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC) has detected two telluric planets orbiting the nearby star HD 260655.
10/06/2022
Diana Morant visits the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia
The Minister of Science and Innovation has highlighted the contribution of her research staff in capturing the first historic image of the black hole at the centre of the galaxy
06/06/2022
Lourdes Verdes-Montenegro, researcher at IAA-CSIC, wins the Ada Byron Award from the University of Deusto
  The Ada Byron Award, with editions in six countries, was created by the Faculty of Engineering to acknowledge the work of women in technology and encourage women in STEM.
25/05/2022
An isolated dwarf galaxy, unexpectedly affected by its environment
The finding, with the participation of the IAA-CSIC, forces a change in the conception of isolated galaxies  
25/05/2022
The Ministry of Science and Innovation has earmarked 2.5 million euros for the international Square Kilometre Array radiotelescope
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) will enable progress to be made in the search for signs of life in the galaxy and in the observation of pulsars, black holes and gravitational waves. The technical coordination of the Spanish participation in the project is carried out by the Institute de Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC)    
25/05/2022
Westerlund 1 cluster: a nursery of giant stars emerging from the darkness
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) participates in the study of the most massive young cluster of stars in the Milky Way. This stellar swarm brings together different types of giant stars in different evolutionary phases, and constitutes a first-class laboratory for the study of the formation and evolution of massive stars    
24/05/2022
TARSIS, the next generation instrument for the Calar Alto 3.5-meter telescope
UCM and IAA-CSIC co-lead TARSIS, the future instrument for the 3.5 m telescope at Calar Alto. TARSIS has unique characteristics, in particular its capacity to detect near ultraviolet light and its unprecedented field of view
18/05/2022
IAA-CSIC engineer Francisco Bailén wins the 2021 award for the best thesis from the International Astronomical Union (IAU)
Each year the award recognizes excellence in research in astrophysics  
12/05/2022
Astronomers reveal first image of the black hole at the heart of our galaxy
This object, called Sagittarius A*, four million times more massive than the Sun, has been captured by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) international project. The finding, which has the outstanding participation of the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC), confirms the existence of the black hole and helps to understand these gravitational 'monsters' from which nothing can escape, not even light. The image shows the dark...
03/05/2022
The European Solar Telescope will boost research on the Sun in Europe
The new infrastructure, which will be presented at an event at the CSIC, will have a mirror with a diameter of 4.2 meters and a height of 44 metres, and will be the largest solar telescope in Europe. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2024 at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory, on the island of La Palma, and it could be operational in 2029    
27/04/2022
An atlas of active galaxies shows that outflows are common even in the most dormant galaxies
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) studies in depth a sample of LINERs, the least luminous type of active galaxy, and finds that half of them produce gas outflows
14/04/2022
MAGIC telescopes detect the explosion of a "vampire" star
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) participates in the discovery of very high-energy gamma rays from a recurrent nova in the Milky Way. The result, published today in Nature Astronomy, identifies novae as a new type of very high-energy gamma-ray source    
07/04/2022
Nkalakatha megamasser found, revealing a large galaxy collision
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) participates in the discovery of the radio emission produced by a galactic collision  
30/03/2022
The most distant star ever seen
The Hubble space telescope sets a new record by capturing the light from a star that shone in the first billion years after the Big Bang. The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) is involved in the discovery, which provides a detailed view of the dawn of the universe
23/03/2022
R Aquarii: a symbiotic star with active galaxy features
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) participates in the X-ray analysis of R Aquarii, a double star formed by a red giant star and a white dwarf. The system shows a very complex morphology, with a bipolar S-shaped jet emerging from the white dwarf and an extensive nebula with filaments and cavities    
14/03/2022
Bernardelli-Bernstein confirmed to be the largest Oort-cloud comet in the Solar System
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) participates in the study with the ALMA radiotelescope (Chile) of comet C/2014 UN271 Bernardinelli-Bernstein, which determined its size and albedo, or surface reflectivity. With 137 kilometres, it is the largest known comet, and perhaps one of the most pristine    
10/03/2022
The start of the birth of planets in a binary star system observed
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) leads the study of the binary star SVS 13, still in its embryonic phase. Astronomers have observed primordial material that may be giving birth to three planetary systems around a binary star  
04/03/2022
First results of the MASCOT project suggest that galaxies "turn off" from the inside out
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) participates in MASCOT, a large-scale study of the cold gas in galaxies, an essential element for understanding how galactic evolution works  
22/02/2022
Structure of the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy revealed
The IAA-CSIC leads a study that reveals the almost circular shape of Sagittarius A*, the supermassive black hole located in the center of the Milky Way. The shape indicates that the axis of rotation of the flow of matter surrounding the black hole (or a possible jet) may be pointing toward Earth    
14/02/2022
Pulsars could hide one of the keys to understanding how cosmic rays travel
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) leads a study that analyzes the role of gamma-ray halos around pulsars in order to understand how cosmic rays travel  
01/02/2022
Second Trojan asteroid detected around Earth
Trojans are asteroids that share an orbit with a planet around its stable Lagrangian points, which are located sixty degrees ahead and behind the planet in its orbit. Widely studied on other planets, such as Jupiter, which has several thousand, only one has so far been found around the Earth    
19/01/2022
Highest resolution image of the OJ 287 galaxy suggests it harbours a binary supermassive black hole
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) is leading a work that combines observations of space and ground-based radio telescopes to study the central regions of the galaxy OJ 287  
17/01/2022
Plato exoplanet mission gets green light for next phase
On January 11, ESA's PLATO mission, in which the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) participates, received the green light to continue its development after successfully passing the review of critical milestones    
13/01/2022
Re-encounter with a planetary nebula 30 years later reveals changes and a possible companion star
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) leads a study based on data from Calar Alto Observatory (CAHA), showing the variability of the planetary nebula IC4997  
22/12/2021
Oxygen found in the atmosphere of the hottest known exoplanet
A team with the participation of the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) publishes the discovery of oxygen atoms in KELT-9b, the first detection of this compound in an exoplanetary atmosphere.
22/12/2021
Distinct pulses captured in the giant magnetic flare from a neutron star
In just a tenth of a second, a magnetar -a particularly magnetic type of neutron star- released energy equivalent to that produced by the Sun in 100,000 years. Its study in detail has revealed multiple pulses at the peak of the eruption, which will make it possible to understand these still little-known giant magnetic flares  
16/12/2021
The dramatic final dance of stars with shared envelope
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) participates in the study of fifteen peculiar stars that have turned out to be double stars that, after sharing an envelope, lost a large part of their mass    
07/12/2021
Double helix structure observed in the jet emanating from the black hole in M87 galaxy
Produced by the magnetic field, it is the first time that this structure has been observed at such far distances from the black hole. The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) participates in the discovery    
02/12/2021
Giant planets could reach maturity sooner than expected
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) participates in the study of the giant planets of the V1298 Tau system, which in just twenty million years have already reached their final size. The finding has been possible thanks to radial velocity measurements from the HARPS-N spectrographs, at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (ORM), and from CARMENES, at the Calar Alto Observatory (CAHA)    
25/11/2021
On fire and in the process of breakind up by its star companion
Found a system formed by a white dwarf star and a small object, possibly a planet, so close that the second is scorched by the star's radiation, causing its atmosphere to evaporate    
17/11/2021
Discovery of a possible satellite galaxy of M33, a neighbouring Local Group galaxy
M33, also known as the Triangle galaxy, is the third largest galaxy in the Local Group, after Andromeda and the Milky Way. The finding is part of the search for the "lost satellites", which tries to resolve the discrepancy between the galaxy formation models and the observations of the Local Group galaxies    
11/11/2021
New perspectives on the problem of galaxies without dark matter
The discovery of numerous very low surface brightness galaxies in the environment of NGC 1052 provides a crucial clue to the debate about the lack of dark matter in some galaxies of this group. The new data points to the existence of a group of galaxies closer than NGC 1052, to which these anomalous galaxies would belong, and the proximity would solve the problem    
23/10/2021
Rocco Lico awarded with a 2021 EHT Early Career Award
Rocco Lico awarded with a 2021 EHT Early Career Award
13/10/2021
Planetary system found similar to the future of the Solar System after the Sun's death
Scientists from the IAA-CSIC are involved in the discovery of a system formed by a white dwarf star and a planet similar to Jupiter. The discovery, published in Nature, shows that planets can survive the death of their star.
27/09/2021
Light pollution has increased by at least 49% in the last 25 years
The study only includes data from satellites, very limited for the detection of blue light (the most polluting), so that the real increase can amount to 270% globally. The investigation reveals the seriousness of a problem that, according to experts, will worsen if the draft Royal Decree for energy efficiency is approved according to the current proposal    
22/09/2021
Remnants of the historic supernova of 1181 suggest it originated from the merger of two stars
Chinese and Japanese texts documented the appearance of a supernova in the year 1181, and now the remnant of that explosion is located    
14/09/2021
The IAA is participating in the development of 'Uchuu', the most accurate and complete simulation of the universe.
An international team of researchers has developed the most realistic simulation of the universe to date. The creation, named Uchuu (which means universe in Japanese) has been made possible thanks to ATERUI II (Japan), the most powerful supercomputer in the world, built by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) to facilitate the understanding of different astronomical phenomena from a theoretical point of view. This virtual...
27/08/2021
The most detailed images of galaxies are obtained thanks to LOFAR, a network of 70,000 antennas
The IAA-CSIC heads one of the eleven articles that make up a special issue of the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics on the results of LOFAR    
10/08/2021
New technique to detect, without contact, viruses on surfaces
Based on the use of hyperspectral images and data processing with advanced statistics and artificial intelligence, it has been successfully applied in two synthetic models of SARS-CoV-2. The research, which continues in humans, has been funded by the Carlos III Health Institute and has made it possible to patent a technique capable of simultaneously analyzing numerous samples without the need for contact or reagents    
02/08/2021
The Perseid meteor shower arrives
The Perseids are produced by the impact in our atmosphere of fragments of the meteoroid cloud of Comet 109P / Swift-Tuttle, and are also recorded on the surface of the Moon. During the peak, around August 11, up to fifty perseids per hour can be observed in places away from light pollution    
29/07/2021
Small force, big effect: how planets can affect the Sun
The Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC) is involved in developing a theory that supports the hypothesis that planets affect the Sun's magnetic activity. It shows how the small influence of the planets could set a rhythm in a system like the Sun that, if confirmed, would allow events such as solar storms to be predicted more accurately     
26/07/2021
The massive star that barely shone upon death
The IAA-CSIC participates in two articles that disseminate the discovery of the shortest gamma ray burst (GRB) produced by the death of a massive star ever detected    
21/07/2021
The enigmatic assembly process of the Sombrero galaxy
The Sombrero galaxy, a strange hybrid between a spiral and an elliptical galaxy, has been observed in detail to look for clues about its formation process. A large elliptical structure surrounding the galaxy, the product of a minor merger with another galaxy, has been characterised, but the origin of its shape remains unknown    
19/07/2021
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) pinpoints the central black hole of the galaxy Centaurus A
The EHT collaboration, in which the IAA-CSIC participates, shows in unique detail the heart of Centaurus A, from which gigantic jets of matter emerge, giving it its characteristic appearance.      
15/07/2021
MeerKAT discovers a group of galaxies hidden in a well-studied region
Su abundancia en hidrógeno neutro apunta a que se trata de un grupo de galaxias en proceso de formación  

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