The Montsec Astronomical Observatory discovers its first exoplanet
The new exoplanet, named XO-6b, is a hot Jupiter orbiting a rapidly rotating star
Carbonaceous chondrites shed light on the origins of life in the universe
A study of the Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC) discovers that the minerals which make up this type of meteorite can synthesise certain complex organic compounds in the presence of water and formamide
MAGIC observes a gravitational lens at very high energies
Scientists working with the Major Atmospheric Gamma-ray Imaging Cherenkov (MAGIC) observatory report the discovery of the most distant gamma-ray source ever observed at very high energies, thanks to the “replay” of an enormous flare by a galactic gravitational lens as foreseen by Einstein’s General Relativity.
Two microlenses in the arms of the Milky Way, image of the week of the Gaia mission
The detection of these events has been possible to the collaboration between Gaia and about thirty terrestrial observatories among which is the OAdM
IEEC celebrates its 20th anniversary with the lecture series “Discovering the Universe” at CosmoCaixa
The Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) turns 20. Two decades dedicated to know the universe. The four units that form the IEEC: The Institute of Cosmos (UB) Science, the Institute of Space Sciences (CSIC), the Centre for Studies and Space Research (UAB) and the research group in Science and Technology of the Space (UPC) have participated during these 20 years in various space missions of different space agencies and have contributed significantly to the knowledge of astrophysics and astronomy.
NVDIA grants a project from the Gravitational Astronomy group at the Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CISC)
NVIDIA Corporation, an American Technology company specialised in the design and development of graphics processing units (GPUs), has as awarded a GPU Grant of its Academic programs, proposed by Lluís Gesa and Carlos F. Sopuerta project, researchers from the Gravitational Astronomy group at Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC).
More than 400 visitors during the OAdM open days
On Sunday May 1st, the Montsec Astronomical Observatory (OAdM) first opened its doors to the public with a series of open days. During the summer months, the OAdM repeat those visits six more sundays
Gaia presents the most accurate map of the Universe
Wednesday September 14, the European Space Agency (ESA) has published the first data for Gaia mission, an astrometry mission aiming to create the most precise map of stars of our galaxy, the Milky Way.
The most precise 3D map of galaxies supports the standard cosmological model
A team of researchers from the collaboration Sloan Digital Sky Survey III (SDSS-III) have presented this week the latest results obtained from the map obtained by the consortium with data collected over the past ten years. The analysis of the data has been carried out by researchers of this collaboration, including a team from the Institute of Cosmos Sciences at the University of Barcelona (ICCUB, IEEC-UB).
The Joan Oró Telescope obtains the Gaia-GOSA certificate
Asteroid Day. Are we able to divert potentially hazardous asteroids?
Next June 30 is the Asteroid International Day which celebrates the largest asteroid impact known until now on Earth. It was Tunguska in 1908. In this context, the Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC), the Royal Academy Science and Arts of Barcelona, the Academia Europaea and the Astronomical Association of Sant Cugat-Valldoreix (AASCV) have organized an outreach event about initiatives undertaken by scientists and space agencies to increase our ability to predict and mitigate the effects of potential impact of an asteroid on Earth.
The Festival of science, an opportunity to bring research to all audiences
More than 14,000 people visited this weekend the Festival of Science, innovation and technology which was held in the Ciutadella Park in Barcelona. There they found workshops to extract their own DNA or telescopes to observe the sun safely.
LIGO detects gravitational waves from second pair of colliding black holes
The Group of Relativity and Gravitation at the University of the Balearic Islands,associated to IEEC, participates through the LIGO Scientific Collaboration in identifying a second event of gravitational waves in data-LIGO detectors Advanced.
Scientists reconstruct the collisional history of the most primitive asteroids
A study by researchers at the Institute of Space Sciences (IEEC-CSIC), in collaboration with the University of Braunschweig, Germany, reveals that most asteroids do not remain intact since its formation but they have suffered many impacts, some huge since its formation 4,565 million years ago. The work which has been published in the journal Astrophysical Journal presents a description of the physics of these processes and a statistical model to reconstruct the history of these collisions.
Francesc Vilardell: “Living in Antarctica is the closest thing to live in another planet”
The astronomer Francesc Vilardell of Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec (OAdM) of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) has lived a unique experience after spending thirteen weeks at the Concordia base in Antarctica working on the telescope IRAIT.