Proxima Centauri amazes us again: a possible second low-mass planet is found orbiting the nearest star to the Sun
The candidate planet is orbiting the star at a distance 1.5 times greater than that separating the Earth from the Sun
TESS dates an ancient collision with our galaxy
The observation of a bright star with NASA's TESS space telescope has provided new information about an encounter that would have happened between the Milky Way and a smaller galaxy about 12.5 billion years ago.
Launch of the CHEOPS telescope, the space mission that will take drawings of Spanish children in search of exoplanets
Next week, the European space telescope CHEOPS will be launched from French Guiana to study extrasolar planets.
Breaking the Limits: Discovery of the Highest-Energy Photons from a Gamma-Ray Burst
Gamma-ray bursts (GRBs) are brief and extremely powerful cosmic explosions, suddenly appearing in the sky, about once per day. They are thought to result from the collapse of massive stars or the merging of neutron stars in distant galaxies.
DESI Opens Its 5000 Eyes to Capture the Colors of the Cosmos
The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), a new instrument designed to accurately map the Universe, begins its final testing stage.
Science and development of eXTP in Spain
The eXTP X-ray satellite (enhanced X-ray Timing and Polarimetry Mission) is a Sino-European scientific space mission proposal designed to study the state of matter in extreme conditions of density, gravity and magnetism. eXTP includes two European instruments, based on the LOFT (Large Observatory For X-ray Timing) mission, a proposal selected by ESA for feasibility study (phase A) in the M3 call; this study was completed in 2013 with an excellent evaluation, but LOFT was not selected for launch.
May the good times and treasures of the present become the golden memories of tomorrow. Wishing you love, joy and happiness. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2020!
CHEOPS, the mission in search of exoplanets, successfully launched
With a day's delay over the initial schedule, today, 18 December 2019, at 9:54 am CET (05:54 am local time in French Guiana), the CHEOPS (CHaracterizing Exoplanet Satellite) mission, has successfully been launched. CHEOPS is a space telescope that aims to study new planets outside the solar system – the so-called exoplanets.
Technology made in IEEC in the UCAnFly nanosatellite, a finalist in ESA's “Fly Your Satellite!” programme
The nanosatellite UCAnFly, from the Superior School of Engineering (ESI) of the University of Cadiz, has managed to sneak into the finalists of the “Fly Your Satellite!” programme of the European Space Agency (ESA).
Science and development of eXTP in Spain
21/01/2020 - 22/01/2020
The eXTP X-ray satellite (enhanced X-ray Timing and Polarimetry Mission) is a Sino-European scientific space mission proposal designed to study the state of matter in extreme conditions of density, gravity and magnetism. The expected launch date of eXTP is 2027.
Barcelona-Valencia Meeting on Gravitational Waves and Virgo
20/01/2020 - 21/01/2020
International Workshop on Gravitational Waves and Virgo, with talks and presentations regarding several aspects of gravitational wave events, methodology and data processing.
Gravitational Wave Events: Detection and Present Status
20/01/2020 - 00/00/0000
Chirping gravitational wave signals from compact binary Coalescence were detected for the first time during LIGO/Virgo O1 and O2 observing runs. The majority of the events reported thus far came from binary systems of fairly heavy stellar mass black holes located at cosmological distances.
STARS: Telescope and space mission scheduling towards a multi-observatory framework
17/01/2020 - 00/00/0000
Efficient scheduling of astronomical observatories and space missions is a challenge with an increasing complexity as the observation strategies are becoming more sophisticated and operational costs are higher. Astronomical surveys require a huge number of observations, implying the need to use efficient schedulers to fulfill and optimize specific constraints.
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