- LSST: The goal of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project is to conduct a 10-year survey of the sky that will seek answers to some of the most pressing questions about the structure and evolution of the universe and the objects in it. The LSST survey is designed to address four science areas: 1) Understanding the Mysterious Dark Matter and Dark Energy; 2) Hazardous Asteroids and the Remote Solar System; 3) The Transient Optical Sky; and 4) The Formation and Structure of the Milky Way. A dedicated 8.4-meter telescope with an exceptionally wide field of view (capable of surveying the entire sky in only three nights) is being installed at Cerro Pachón (Chile) and should start operations in 2023. IEEC scientists of the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE, CSIC) are involved in the LSST project.
- MAGIC: MAGIC (Major Atmospheric Gamma-ray Imaging Cherenkov Telescopes) is a system of two Imaging Atmospheric Cherenkov telescopes (IACT) situated at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (La Palma, Canary Islands). The first telescope started routine operation in 2004 and the second one, built at a distance of 85 m from the first one, started taking data in 2010. They are currently run by an international collaboration of 24 institutes in 10 countries. There are a number of participant researchers in MAGIC from IEEC, particularly at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (UB) and the Center of Space Studies and Research, CERES (UAB). They have important roles in the preparation, execution and interpretation of MAGIC observations.
- SDSS-III: The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) is an on-going astronomy project that has been working since 1998 to make a detailed map of the Milky Way, search for exoplanets, and solve the mystery of dark energy. The third phase of the project, SDSS-III, uses a dedicated 2.5-m wide angle optical telescope located at Apache Point Observatory (APO), in New Mexico (USA). IEEC researchers at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (UB) are part of the SDSS-III collaboration. They are particularly involved in the BOSS project (Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey), which is measuring Baryon Acoustic Oscillations using spectroscopic redshifts.