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
Science talk about the Solar Orbiter successful launch
Today Monday, 10 February 2020, ESA’s Solar Orbiter mission has successfully lifted off on an Atlas V 411 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 05:03 CET on its mission to study the Sun from new perspectives.
Successful celebration of IEEC Forum 2020
Yesterday, 6 February 2020, IEEC celebrated its annual forum, coinciding with the 24th anniversary of its foundation. The event took place at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) and gathered about 120 attendees, including members of the institute, Catalan government officials and representatives from industry related to the space sector.
IEEC, strategic partner and participant at the New Space Economy meeting
The Chamber of Commerce of Barcelona (Cambra de Comerç de Barcelona), in collaboration with the Knowledge Innovation Market Bcn Foundation (KIMbcn) and the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC — Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya) as strategic partner, is organising a meeting with the companies of the New Space, i.e. the organisations and institutions that promote and finance this type of projects, and the leading researchers.
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.
New lanterns to illuminate (ultra) light dark matter
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The landscape of dark matter models extends to masses well below those accessible by traditional detectors, based on nuclear recoil. In particular axions and axion-like particles are in this category. A new battery of ideas is emerging to detect these dark matter candidates, from astrophysical or laboratory tests.
Intelligent Arxiv: Sort daily papers by learning users topic preferences
21/02/2020 - 00/00/0000
We present and discuss some novel applications of the Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA) technique of Machine Learning (ML). First in the field of New Physics (NP) searches at the LHC, where we are currently applying this unsupervised ML technique to find NP as emerging topics. Motivated by this powerful tool we pursued the goal of sorting daily Arxiv papers in given field(s) according to individual user preference.
Nature' s extreme particle accelerators
20/02/2020 - 00/00/0000
Cosmic Rays constitute, after the matter, radiation and magnetic fields, the 4th substance of the visible Universe. The Cosmic Ray factories, the sites where relativistic electrons, protons and nuclei are produced/accelerated, are linked to almost all types of astronomical objects - from stars to pulsars and supernova remnants, from Active Galactic Nuclei to Galaxy Clusters.
Gaia-RIA workshop. Expanding the Gaia legacy: the role of Spanish ground-based facilities
17/02/2020 - 19/02/2020
The meeting aims to present and discuss current and future projects that use or complement Gaia data. We will analyze the contributions already made by the Spanish Singular Scientific and Technical Infrastructures and the international research infrastructures, our involvement in large ongoing and future photometric and spectroscopic surveys, as well as the prospects for new instrumentation accessible to our community and in a European and international framework.
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