Study reveals details of “golf ball asteroid”
The third largest object in the asteroid belt, showed to be heavily cratered, with the help of an IEEC researcher
Solar Orbiter, a mission with IEEC contribution
A team from the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) at the Institute of Cosmos Sciences (ICC, UB) has worked on one of the ten instruments that the satellite will carry on board
Juan Carlos Morales (IEEC-CSIC) awarded Premi Ciutat de Barcelona 2019 in Experimental Sciences and Technology
The IEEC researcher at ICE (CSIC) has been awarded this prestigious prize for having led a study that found a giant exoplanet around a dwarf star.
Global Gaia campaign reveals secrets of stellar pair
A 500-day global observation campaign, that included IEEC researchers, spearheaded more than three years ago by the ESA’s galaxy-mapping project Gaia has provided unprecedented insights into the binary system of stars that caused an unusual brightening of an even more distant star.
IEEC researchers at the heart of new space mission to study the state of matter under extreme conditions
Meeting in Barcelona on 21-22 January 2020 will kick off the eXTP X-ray satellite mission for the Spanish astronomy community
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.
Atmospheric data from the Spanish PAZ satellite reaches meteorological services worldwide in "near real-time" via WMO
PAZ offers well-distributed information on the vertical structure of the atmosphere around the world, with information on temperature, pressure and atmospheric humidity, allowing for more accurate predictions.
Twin baby stars grow in complex network of gas and dust
For the first time, high-resolution images obtained with the Atacama Large Millimetre/submillimetre Array (ALMA) show a young stellar binary system in which a complex network of accretion filaments is nurturing two proto-stars.
CARMENES: Giant exoplanet around a small star challenges our understanding of how planets form
A study from the CARMENES consortium led by IEEC researchers at ICE (CSIC) reports the discovery of an anomalous planetary system around the nearby red dwarf GJ 3512, located at approximately 30 light-years from us. Although the star is only about a tenth of the mass of the Sun, it possesses at least one gas giant planet.
Mysteriously in-sync pulsar challenges existing theories
Researchers from the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) at the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE, CSIC) have contributed to a research study that, for the first time, detected synchronised pulses of optical and X-ray radiation from a mysterious pulsar. The observations indicate that a new physical mechanism might be needed to explain the behaviour of fast-spinning sources like this one, known as transitional millisecond pulsars.
Planetary Trio with Possibly Habitable World
The CARMENES spectrograph in Calar Alto, Spain, has contributed measurements to a study of exoplanets around GJ 357, a star that lies 31 light years away from us and is about one third the size of the Sun. A planet discovered by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) around this star triggered new observations and a careful revision of all the data existing on the star.