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.
Prizes handed to Capture the Moon winners
The two happy winners of IEEC’s “Capture the Moon” social media competition were officially awarded their prizes.
The Montsec Astronomical Observatory at the heart of Barcelona
Next Thursday, 21 November 2019 at 12 pm, the researcher of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC — Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya) and staff of the Montsec Astronomical Observatory (OAdM — Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec), Kike Herrero, will give a talk entitled "The immensity of the Montsec sky" at the Espai Provença of Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat.
IA and Space Exploration: An Instructive Debate
Within the activities held on the occasion of the 24th edition of Science Week in Catalonia, yesterday 13 November 2019, the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC — Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya) together with the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE-CSIC) and the Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA-CSIC) organized a debate on artificial intelligence and space exploration.
The Transit of Mercury — watch it live
On 11 November 2019, a rare astronomical event is taking place: the transit of Mercury. IEEC’s research unit Institute of Cosmos Sciences (ICC) from the University of Barcelona (UB) invites you to watch the live broadcast of the event at the following link. The broadcast will start at local time 13:35.
Especial Christmas Seminar: The 'Climate Emergency': scientific basis, impacts and possible solutions to the first planetary human problem
27/12/2019 - 00/00/0000
Humanity has been causing environmental problems forever and has often resolved them with great success. But in the past, these were problems faced by local populations, which were able to coordinate their activities in order to resolve them locally.
ELGAR: The European Laboratory for Gravitation and Atom-interferometric Research
13/12/2019 - 00/00/0000
After the inauguration of Gravitational Wave Astronomy with the first direct detection of Gravitational Waves from a binary black hole coalescence by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO), the race to cover the most relevant parts of the Gravitational-wave spectrum is currently at full speed.
Black Hole in Globular Clusters
29/11/2019 - 00/00/0000
Globular clusters (GCs) are the outcome of the earliest phases of star and galaxy formation in the Universe. Their high densities foster the formation and hardening of binary black holes (BHs) that can merge via gravitational wave in-spiral.
Gravitational Anomalies in a string-inspired "Running Vacuum Universe'': dynamical inflation, matter-antimatter asymmetry and axion dark matter
28/11/2019 - 00/00/0000
I discuss a string-inspired cosmological model, in which primordial gravitational waves induce condensates of gravitational-anomaly terms, which are in turn responsible for inflation, and the generation of a (massless) gravitational axion background that breaks spontaneously Lorentz (and CPT) symmetry and remains undiluted at the end of inflation.
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