IEEC releases anniversary image of the Moon in celebration of 50 years since humankind set foot on a celestial body
On 20 July 1969, at approximately 20:17:40 UTC, the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle landed at the site called Tranquility Base, in the south-western corner of the lunar lava-plain called Mare Tranquillitatis ("Sea of Tranquility"). The landing area where the intrepid space explorers set their foot for the first time in history, is marked in this image taken with the Joan Oró Telescope (TJO) from the Montsec Observatory (Observatori Astronòmic del Montsec, OAdM).
CARMENES finds two temperate Earth-mass planets around a nearby small star
Researchers from the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC — Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya) have participated in an international study carried out by the CARMENES consortium, which has discovered two small, terrestrial planets around Teegarden’s Star. The planets have masses similar to Earth and their temperatures could be mild enough to sustain liquid water on their surfaces. Observations were carried out with the CARMENES instrument in Calar Alto (Spain), as well as several other smaller complementary facilities, including IEEC’s Telescopi Joan Oró, at the Montsec Astronomical Observatory. The scientific paper is led by researchers at the University of Göttingen and appears in Astronomy & Astrophysics.
The analysis of a meteorite reveals secrets about the birth of the Solar System
Research led by the University of Arizona in collaboration with IEEC-UPC has led to the discovery of a meteorite grain forged during the final phases of a star that disappeared a long time ago.
Primordial comet fragment discovered inside meteorite gives clues to the origin of the Solar System
Using the only international repository of NASA’s Antarctic meteorites based in Spain, at ICE, a study co-led by IEEC–CSIC has revealed a comet fragment inside the carbonaceous chondrite meteorite LaPaz 02342
Understanding the oldest stars in the Milky Way
A study led by UPC/IEEC has determined for the first time the mass and radius of one of the oldest stars in our Galaxy, allowing to validate the theoretical relationship between the mass and radius for this class of stars.
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Carbonaceous chondrites provide clues about the delivery of water to Earth
A study led by IEEC-CSIC discovers how these meteorites retained water and organic material inside them before reaching our planet
El satèl·lit PAZ demostra un nou sistema de mesura de pluges intenses
Un equip d’investigadors de l’Institut d’Estudis Espacials de Catalunya (IEEC) i de l’Institut de Ciències de l’Espai (ICE) del Consell Superior d’Investigacions Científiques (CSIC) ha analitzat les dades obtingudes a l’experiment amb senyals GPS que s’està realitzant a bord del satèl·lit espanyol d’observació de la Terra PAZ, llançat el mes de febrer del 2018, i ha confirmat que els senyals enregistrats són sensibles a les precipitacions intenses. Els resultats apareixen publicats a la revista Geophysical Research Letters.
El Dark Energy Survey completa l’adquisició de dades de sis anys
El periode d’adquisició de dades científiques per a cartografiar amb un nivell de detall sense precedents una vuitena part del cel just ha acabat, tot i que el treball per a aprendre més sobre l’expansió accelerada de l’univers tot just acaba de començar.
The new camera LAIA begins operations at the Joan Oró telescope
A new instrument has just been installed at the Joan Oró telescope (TJO) of the Montsec Astronomical Observatory (OAdM). The instrument is a new image camera that will expand the performance of the system thanks to a larger field of view.
The CARMENES planet hunter detects comet-like tail of helium and water in atmospheres of giant exoplanets
Researchers of the CARMENES consortium detected atoms and molecules in the atmospheres of hot Jupiter exoplanets, which could help us understand how planet atmospheres evolve over time. The findings come from several dedicated observations obtained in the last two years with the CARMENES spectrograph — a planet hunting instrument installed at the 3.5-m telescope in Calar Alto.
From gamma rays to X-rays: New method pinpoints previously unnoticed pulsar emission
A research team of the Institute of Space Sciences (ICE) and Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) provides a novel tool to investigate the mysterious mechanisms of pulsar emission. The discovery will be important to understand the fascinating nature of pulsars and use them for space navigation in the future. The Astrophysical Journal Letters published the study on the 21st November.
A nanosatellite developed at the UPC has been placed in orbit with six experiments on board
The small satellite 3Cat-1 was successfully launched at 5:30 a.m. (local time) from the Sriharikota space base (India) aboard the PSLV-C43 rocket. The launch, funded by the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC), comes after four attempts in recent years.
Our stellar neighbourhood is getting crowded – Planet discovered orbiting the second closest stellar system to the Earth
An international team of astronomers led by Ignasi Ribas of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC) and Institute of Space Sciences (ICE, CSIC) has found a cold super-Earth in orbit around Barnard’s star, the closest single star to the Sun and second only to the Alpha Centauri triple stellar system.
10 years of operations of the Montsec Astronomical Observatory
This October 24th, 2018, it is 10 years since the inauguration of the Montsec Astronomical Observatory (OAdM), located in Sant Esteve de la Sarga (Lleida, Catalunya). Its scientific facilities have yielded important findings in the field of exoplanets, supernovae or solar system research. Moreover, they have contributed to the tracking of satellites and the monitoring of the atmospheric quality in the Montsec area.