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.
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.